Pin prick to deadly disease: mother shares horrific photos of daughter’s blotched body

By YOU
22 July 2017

"If this story helps save another person’s life then that's amazing.”

It started as a tiny prick – but it turned into a deadly rash that would completely change the life of an innocent little girl.

Sarah Parkyn (30) shared photos of her three-year-old daughter after she was ravaged by a painful rash.

The mother, from Renmark in South Australia, first thought Jazmyn had caught a viral infection, until an eagle-eyed doctor noticed a purple prick mark on her chest.

"The doctor spotted the first purple pin prick on her chest,” said Sarah, an education support officer.

"As he began asking if I'd noticed it before, another purple dot appeared.

"We were then rushed to hospital with suspected meningococcal septicaemia and that's when our ordeal began.

"The purple rash was rapidly spreading across her legs, arms and torso, she was in agony.”

The little girl suffered a seizure due to her temperature being so high and the disease attacking her vital organs, such as her kidneys and brain.

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Jazmyn needed to have the mottled dead skin on her body removed and was left with severe scars on her legs, but she was lucky to be alive.

Sarah photographed the entire ordeal and is now sharing the images in a bid to help others spot the symptoms.

"She'd had her vaccines against meningococcal so I presumed she was safe.”

Jazmyn spent five weeks in hospital recovering and needed countless sessions of physiotherapy so she could rebuild her muscle strength.

But her road to recovery is still incomplete.

"Since being home Jazmyn has suffered the side effects of meningococcal septicaemia. She struggles with chronic fatigue syndrome and leg pains.

"She has been incredibly lucky though and despite everything, we are so grateful she's still with us."

The morning before she was diagnosed, Jazmyn started complaining about pain in her legs.

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"The whole family had been battling the flu that week I just assumed she'd caught that.

"But I decided to take her to the doctors because she would scream when anything touched her legs.

"I was so shocked when she was first diagnosed with meningococcal.”

Meningococcal could have a lasting effect on the little girl, but, says her mother, they will only know for certain as time progresses.

"Jazmyn now has check-ups every four to six months. We won't know until she's older how the illness has affected her growth.

"She can't attend school full time due to her fatigue but she's come so far since her diagnosis."

What breaks Sarah’s heart the most is how at three, Jazmyn already battles insecurities.

“She asks, 'Why don't I have beautiful legs like my sisters?

"But I just tell her how lucky she is to have even of survived let alone not to have needed any amputations.

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