Family fun day for Rugby dad after near-fatal meningitis attack

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A Rugby father has made a remarkable recovery after a near-fatal attack of meningitis last year.

A family fun day is now being organised to raise enough money to buy Liam Corbett an adapted car after losing a hand and his toes to the disease.

Liam, 36, a self-employed chef, became ill in January 2012 and was quickly diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia.

The attack was so severe and so rapid that his wife Ali was told her husband of 15 years, and father to Oliver, six, and Lily, four, had just two hours to live.

Liam spent two weeks in a medically-induced coma, two weeks in critical care and two months in hospital.

The illness meant Liam lost his right hand, all his toes, part of his nose and 75 per cent of his hearing.

He has since had 15 operations, uses a prosthetic arm and is dependent on others for help with daily tasks and to take him out.

Liam, of Pytchley Road, said: “The adapted car would mean freedom. It’s the next big step in my recovery and it would mean I could be more of a help to Ali and the children.”

Liam has to have his custom-made boots rebuilt every two months to ensure his feet recover, and is awaiting a more functional prosthetic limb to give him more flexibility and use from his right arm. He wears a hearing aid, and has been told his hearing loss is permanent.

He said: “When it first happened I just felt disbelief, you never think it is going to happen to you. But it did and I am just so fortunate to have the support of my wife and family. I could not have got to this point without them.”

The family fun day will be held at the GEC Recreation Ground in Hillmorton Road on September 14 from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Admission is free.

There will be live music, demonstrations from Impact Dance, Tang Su Do martial arts, football skills sessions, bouncy castle, stalls, photo booth and refreshments.