On September 11, 2009, Pedro, a healthy, social and athletic teenager, suddenly began to feel sick. He thought it was the flu. When his symptoms progressed, his brother rushed him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with the flu and told to go home and rest.
The next day, he woke up with a purplish rash all over his body. He was rushed to the hospital again where he was diagnosed with meningococcal disease. His family and friends were told there was only a slim chance he would survive.
Pedro spent the next six months in the hospital and went through two comas. He survived, but had all of his limbs amputated above the elbows and knees. Just ten months after leaving the hospital, he was fully functioning using prosthetics for mobility and practicality.
His family was shocked when they found out this disease is potentially vaccine preventable. Today he educates others about the disease and its prevention.
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