Ashleigh Bradley

My name is Ashleigh Bradley I am 18 years old and have a 12 month old daughter. On the 25th of February 2006 I was diagnosed with meningococcal and meningitis. I had been immunized for one of the strands but contracted them both. I spent 5 weeks in ICU at the royal Brisbane hospital in Queensland, Australia. During that time my pupils were fixed and dilated for 4 to 5 hours then unequal, my lungs collapsed and my kidneys and liver failed. I suffered paralysis to the left side of my face which fortunately has come good now as a result of chewing gum. I had a tube in my head to measure the pressure on my brain which was 57, normal brain pressure is20. a drain in my head and for my heart and lungs, I had a trach tube in, but when they did the procedure they pierced my windpipe, and a feeding tube in my nose. I have lost my left leg below the knee and the toes on my right foot. I have major hearing loss and nerve damage from the waist down.