Stevenage mum on the run

A MOTHER who doctors expected to die when she contracted meningitis is taking part in the Great South Run for charity, having made a full recovery. Louise Bell, of Basils Road in Stevenage, is running in the event with her son, Antony, and her friend, Zoe

A MOTHER who doctors expected to die when she contracted meningitis is taking part in the Great South Run for charity, having made a full recovery.

Louise Bell, of Basils Road in Stevenage, is running in the event with her son, Antony, and her friend, Zoe Underwood, to raise money for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Louise, 37, explained: "A few years ago I was unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with meningitis.

"My parents were told I would not survive and an emergency christening was held at my hospital bedside.


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"I went on not only to survive, but to come out the other end without major complications.

"It's a miracle that I am here today and able to live a normal and happy life."

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The three have never attempted anything like the Great South Run before and are training hard for the 10-mile event on October 25.

Zoe, 25, of Lonsdale Road in Stevenage, said: "I'd run it 10 times if it means someone like Louise is saved from this disease."

Antony, 16, added: "My mum's motto is 'experience everything and confront your fears'. I think that's a pretty sound outlook."

To sponsor Team Louise, visit www.justgiving.com/louise-bell

The Meningitis Research Foundation funds vital research into meningitis and septicaemia, raises awareness of the diseases and provides support to those affected. For more information, visit www.meningitis.org or call the freefone 24-hour helpline on 080 8800 3344.

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