Dad miraculously survives after losing legs and hands to devastating meningitis

By Helena Vesty

A man whose family were told multiple times that he would not make it after he contracted meningitis on Christmas Eve miraculously survived.

Mike Davies, 62, from Manchester, pulled through after surgeons amputated his legs and hands.

After spending 10 weeks in intensive care, where he lost his limbs to the horrific infection, he miraculously survived.

Now he is helping other people living with amputations after their battles with the illness.

Mike and his wife, Julie, had just moved to Brighton from Manchester when he contracted bacterial meningitis on Christmas Eve 2017.

Mike spent 10 weeks in intensive care at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, where he faced the amputation of his legs and hands in order to save his life.

“I was mostly unaware of what was going on,” Mike told the Manchester Evening News.

“But my family had it tough. My wife Julie and my grown up son Rory were told multiple times that I might not make it, so they should say goodbye.”

With the help of medics, Mike survived and went on to spend the following months at Queen Mary's University Hospital in London learning to walk on prosthetic legs.

Mike before he was hit with meningitis (MEN MEDIA)
Mike Davies learned to get his life back following a devastating battle with meningitis (MEN MEDIA)

He said: “I was determined at the outset to be the best version of me that I could be.

"To go to rehab and work hard at everything, so that I could be as independent as possible.

"To surprise people, and to lift as much of the burden as I could from my family.”

Over the years Mike has adapted to life after limb loss, and can now do many of the things he did before – including driving.

Mike 's wife Julie was warned to say goodbye to her husband (MEN MEDIA)

“You should see people’s reaction when they see someone with no hands or legs get into the driver’s seat!” he said.

Mike now has a motto he lives by.

“I never say I can’t,” he adds. “I only ever say, how can I?”

He is sharing his experience of living life after limb loss for a new peer support programme called Meningitis & Me - designed to help other people living with amputations.

Mike is offering practical tips for fellow amputees, as well as advice on the mental challenges of life following meningitis, including advice on coping with depression.

Now Mike is helping other people living with amputations (MEN MEDIA)

The series of online videos offering practical tips and advice has been launched as part of Meningitis Awareness Week, which stretches from September 13 to 19, organised by the charity Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

“This Meningitis Awareness Week, it’s important to remember the life-changing impact of this disease,” says Rob Dawson, Director of Communications, Advocacy & Support at MRF.

“Mike is an inspiration to us all, whether or not we have suffered limb loss. We know that his story, and the other stories featured on our new Meningitis & Me platform, will provide invaluable advice to people living with amputation and their families.”

Freely available to all, Meningitis & Me enables those affected by meningitis to share their experiences, tips and advice.

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