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Meningitis family praises public
Archie Barton
Archie faces many more operations in the future
The family of a Devon boy who had to have his legs removed after contracting meningitis B say they have been overwhelmed by people's kindness.

Archie Barton, who is two later this month, was taken ill in June and also lost a number of fingers, the tip of his nose and part of one of his ears.

The family from Plymouth recently launched a website to help fundraise for Archie's future care.

His mother Nicky said people had already begun to donate money.

A rash doesn't always appear
Nicky Barton

"It's been overwhelming really," she said.

"It seems very strange to us to be asking people for money but prosthetic legs for Archie could potentially cost up to 12,000 a pair and he could need up to four pairs a year."

Any money raised will be divided between a fund for Archie's care and two Bristol-based charities which support victims of meningitis.

Archie, who returned home in October after spending five months in hospital, has already endured numerous skin grafts and faces many more operations in the future.

Symptoms include fever, headache, irritability, lethargy, poor feeding, drowsiness or seizures.
Older children may complain of severe headaches, a dislike of bright light or noise, and neck stiffness.
An unusual rash which does not blanche when pressed may be a sign of meningococcal infection.

He returns to hospital in February for a number of operations on his wrists.

The family hopes the website will also raise awareness of the illness and its devastating effects.

"I just had no idea that this illness could do this to a child," said Nicky.

"We also want to raise awareness of the symptoms and also to warn people not to wait for a rash because it doesn't always appear."

Archie did not show any initial signs of the illness

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