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Meningitis - Harvey's Plight


Toddler Harvey Parry lost both legs to meningitis and now his family may have to find thousands of pounds for prosthetic limbs

The family of 22-month-old Harvey Parry is fighting to raise funds for private prosthetic limbs for their son - at a cost of at least £30k a year.

Parents Carol and Jonathan protest the limbs offered to their by the NHS are uncomfortable and unattractive. The prosthetic legs they want for Harvey are less clumsy and the right skin colour but there is no available funding from their local Primary Care Trust so the couple have begun their own appeal for suitable new legs for their son.

Fight for life

Harvey was struck by meningitis aged one; just one week after the toddler walked for the first time. The toddler's parents were told their son had little chance of survival unless he had both his legs and three and a half of his right hand fingers amputated. The loss of his limbs has caused left harvey with extensive damage and scarring to his whole body and his left hand is partially paralyzed. 

Harvey's appeal

Parents Carol and Jonathan are determined to fund suitable new legs for their son and have started an appeal. Click on the link below for more information.  

Harvey Parry appeal

Meningitis Warning Signs
What to look for

Babies and Toddlers

  • Fever, cold feet and hands
  • Refusing food
  • Vomiting
  • Pale blotchy skin
  • Floppy, lifeless, unresponsive
  • Drowsy, difficult to wake
  • Spots/ rash
  • Rapid breathing or grunting
  • Fretful, dislikes being handing
  • Unusual cry or moaning

Children and Adults

  • Fever, cold feet and hands
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsy, difficult to wake
  • Confusion, irritability
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Stomach cramps and diarrhoea
  • Spots/ rash
  • Severe headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Dislike of bright lights
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7th August 2007, 19:22
Page updated 5th Oct 2015, 13:25
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