As part of a charity campaign to raise awareness about the disease of meningitis, a series of shots were released with children who survived this serious illness.
5-year-old Amber Travers took part in a photo shoot with her 8-year-old sister Jade.
About 1 in 10 people who become infected with meningitis die, and up to a quarter remain with life-long complications, including amputated limbs and deafness.
Little Amber Travers was two years old when she almost died of meningitis. She was in intensive care for three days, when doctors made the heartbreaking decision to amputate her limbs to save her life.
Three years later, the girl, along with her older sister, 8-year-old Jade, took part in a photo shoot, having just once again learned to walk with the help of prostheses that were installed last fall. “I don’t want Amber to feel otherwise or to do what she loves and achieve what she wants because of what happened. We could have lost her so easily.
"Ellie Meya Challis (left) contracted a deadly disease when she was only 16 months old. She was photographed with her sister Sophie for the campaign."
The operation saved her life. Yes, she physically looks different. But she still has the same personality, she is still Amber. She is still my little girl. And if our story can help even at least one child, then it should be! ”Says the mother of little Amber.
The photographs were taken by Australian photographer Anne Geddes as part of a campaign created by the Charity Foundation and the Meningitis Research Foundation: “As a mother and a person who loves children, I want to empower my parents so that they can understand how meningitis occurs and how to protect them their children.
You only need to look at Amber, Ellie, and Harvey to understand the effects of this devastating disease. It really would be your worst nightmare - to see how a child goes through such trials. But at the same time, these children and their families overcame huge obstacles to normal life, and these beautiful photos show their strength in the face of adversity. ”8-year-old Harvey Parry lost his legs and part of his right hand at the age of one year due to meningitis.