A third of children who survive meningitis will be left with “devastating” long-term conditions, new research suggests.
Sufferers were five times more likely to have a significant hearing impairment, with 2.4% of survivors having bilateral hearing loss which required a cochlear implant.
One in three youngsters who are treated for the disease will suffer
after-effects including mental health problems, epilepsy and learning
difficulties, the study found. Young survivors are five times more
likely to have speech and communication problems, according to research
from University College London (UCL).