Chatteris family launch charity after meningitis battle
Dressed like a proper princess and beaming away, you’d never guess what little Martha Norman has been through.
But the pretty youngster has had to fight for her life after being diagnosed with meningitis not once, but twice.
The two-and-a-half-year-old also suffered a stroke after the killer bug forced her into a coma, and has since undergone surgery to ensure the disease doesn’t return again.
Now the Chatteris family are hoping some good can come from Martha’s rare ordeal after setting up a new charity to raise more awareness of meningitis and vital funds for Meningitis Now.
The Little Treasures charity was launched at a fundraising children’s disco on Friday evening, and more events are already in the pipeline.
Martha’s mum Nicola said: “A lot of people don’t understand how serious meningitis can be until they are in that situation.
“There’s a lot of different strains, and some are more deadly than others.
“The doctors said if Martha hadn’t got to hospital as quickly as she did, she would not have been so lucky.
“We were really very lucky with her and that’s such a scary thought, so I wanted to raise as much awareness about it as possible.
“We never thought it would happen to us, but it can happen to anyone.”