Letter To The Editor
Gail Bailey lost my son and only child to
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CDC does recommend college freshmen
living in dorms get vaccinated. This is not enough
to protect our children against this deadly
disease, but it is the best we have.
for Rep. Kreibich for his efforts and care of the
young people of Wisconsin.
Thousands of infants, children and young adults
are infected with bacterial meningitis each year
in the US.
are left with life long organ damage including
deafness, blindness and brain damage. Many lose
limbs or in some cases left paralyzed. They suffer
with life long meningitis related illnesses.
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with other families who have been attached by this
deadly vaccine preventable disease, I have found
there is no limit to the pain and destruction it
Meningitis took away our right to be called mom
and dad, be the parent at a wedding, hold a
grandchild, have the comfort of a child in our old
age. It took away a big part of who we are.
those who oppose legislation on education and
vaccination for this disease. I would ask have you
ever buried a child, signed papers to have limbs
removed or to take them off life supports?
you had to deal with your teen or young adult on
suicide watch because of the devastation to their
body and mind from this disease? Have you seen
your perfectly healthy college or high school
student have to give up their dreams and have
their life shattered?
you had to sit with your child 24 hours a day 7
days a week because they cannot go out in public
because of the severe brain and body damage? My
guess would be probably not.
legislators of Wisconsin you have a wonderful
opportunity to at least protect the college kids
in your state, I encourage you to support and pass
Rep Kreibich's bill on this issue.
--Frankie Milley, mother to Ryan, died June 1998
Meningococcal Meningitis, Age 18
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