A HEARTBROKEN mum who didn’t realise the bruises that suddenly appeared all over her daughter’s legs were deadly meningitis is warning other parents to be vigilant.
Aimee Partridge was on her honeymoon with new husband Craig and their family, when she spotted the marks on Brogan’s legs.
SWNS:South West News Service Brave Brogan is set to have her second leg amputated after becoming ill with meningitis
SWNS:South West News Service At first her parents thought her legs were bruised – not realising it was a sign of the tell-tale rash
The now nine-year-old could have to have her right leg amputated below the knee after losing her left foot to the disease.
Aimee said the bruises looked “nothing like” the tell-tale rash all parents are told to look out for.
The first sign something was wrong came when Brogan appeared to have an eye infection and was given antibiotics.
But 12 days later the bruises began to appear on the then seven-year-old’s legs.
SWNS:South West News Service But as the rash developed it became more severe and spread down Brogan’s legs
SWNS:South West News Service Brogan fell ill while on her parent’s honeymoon in 2016
After seeing a GP, Brogan was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where doctors were forced to amputate her left foot to save her life.
Mum Aimee, 27, from Bartley Green, Birmingham, said: “One thought we had was that maybe Brogan contract the meningitis first somehow and that’s how she contracted conjunctivitis – because meningitis attacks the immune system and makes you more susceptible to other diseases – but we can’t be sure.
“It looked nothing like a rash, it looked more like bruising – at the time I never thought it was meningitis and that’s the problem.
“When people are aware of what symptoms to look out for with meningitis, they say look for a rash but that’s not what it looked like to me.”
SWNS:South West News Service Brogan had her left foot amputated in 2016
SWNS:South West News Service Now, Brogan is set to have her second leg amputated after the infection left her in constant pain
Brogan was fitted with a prosthetic foot and her parents, Craig and Aimee, thought the worst was behind them.
But now they’ve had to make the heart-breaking decision to amputate Brogan’s right leg below the knee, because she lives in constant pain.
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The disease caused the blood vessel in Brogan’s right leg to die, which led to circulation problems.
Aimee said: “Alongside the doctors, we all, including Brogan, decided that this was the best decision going forward for her.
“The remaining leg was 50/50 and it required major surgery but she had a reoccurring infection at the being on 2017.
SWNS:South West News Service The infection caused the main blood vessel in Brogan’s remaining leg to die
SWNS:South West News Service Aimme said that Brogan has faced every challenge without faltering and knows her only option is to lose her leg
“The infection has spread up to her knee and the leg is just too weak and could put her at risk later in life if we keep it.
“The main blood vessel in her leg died and it is not getting blood to her foot – also the tendon for the toes died too.
“The weaker the foot gets the more susceptible it is to damage.”
Aimme said that Brogan, now nine, has faced every challenge without faltering and knows her only option is to lose her leg.
“It’s horrible because truly Brogan just wants to be a normal nine-year-old girl,” she added.
SWNS:South West News Service Brogan, now nine, has little blood flow to her foot and it causes her constant pain
� Courtesy of Partridge Family Aimee and Craig with their children, son Harloe, 2, Nualah, 1, Niabhy, 5 and Brogan-Lei, 7 on their wedding day
“She’s knows the process and it’s not nice but children tend to adapt quicker to situations and I think that’s what Brogan is going to do.
“At first she was really upset but now she is realistic and really just wants it done and dusted.
“Having one foot to having none is going to be very different for Brogan – she’s going to lose the last bit of independence she has.
“There are always risks in everything but this is the sole solution that we and the doctors came too.
“They can never guarantee it won’t come back.
“We always hoped it wouldn’t have to come to this but after seeing the impact it was having on her we thought it’s the best option we have.
“We don’t know if we keep that leg that in the next five years the disease might have gotten worse and spread further.”
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The family were planning a trip to Disneyland later in the year, but now they don’t know if Brogan will be well enough to travel.
“We want to take all the children to Disneyland later this year but we can’t really plan ahead just in case Brogan had to go back to hospital, or she started to feel worse,” Aimee added.
“We don’t even know if she would be well enough at the time to even fly – we are pretty much taking it day by day.
“We can’t really make any long-term plans – it feels like our lives are on hold.”