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Double amputee set for marathon
Clare Forbes
Clare woke from her coma to find her legs had been amputated
A Sussex woman who had both her legs amputated after contracting meningitis is making the final preparations for next month's London marathon.

Clare Forbes, 21, from Crawley was in a coma for six months after suffering a stroke as a result of the disease.

She only began walking again recently and still suffers from side effects.

Miss Forbes said the past four years had been "a hard struggle" but she is determined to complete the 26 mile race to raise money for charity.

She has been training at home on a treadmill to get used to her new prosthetic legs.

Clare and Karen Forbes
Clare's mum was told her daughter would never talk again

Clare's mother Karen Forbes was told her daughter would never be able to live a normal life again because of the meningitis.

"It's unbelievable really, I was told I could never have her home and that she would never say 'Mum' or be able to speak.

"We've only had one day when she shed a few tears and since then she's come on and on and on," she said.

Miss Forbes said her motivation for doing the marathon was seeing her story featured on the back of a meningitis leaflet given to all participants of the marathon.

"I saw it and thought I'd better turn up and decided I wanted to raise money for charity," she said.

She added that the one thing she really missed was being able to wear high-heeled shoes.

"I'd love to wear high heels but you need special legs to do that and who knows how much they cost?"


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