Kaitlyn Dobrow, 19, Loses All of Her Limbs from Meningitis


A teen in California had all of her limbs amputated after she contracted meningitis, but has shared that she is determined to walk again.

Kaitlyn Dobrow, 19, loved dancing and boxing before she became sick in February. Her determination to walk again has her family and friends inspired.

"Because of Katie's amazing attitude, I have been able to handle this much more easily than I would have imagined I could," her mother Kathleen said. "It has been inspiring."

Kaitlyn has a few more months in the hospital so she can receive skin grafts, but she is looking forward to when she gets out.

"I don't like relying on people to do things for me," she said. "I want to be able to walk again. God has a plan for me…he wants me to live."

She said in ten years, she expects to be married with children. 

"It's her spirit, it's her courage, it's her strength, and I'm very inspired overtime I come here," her father Don said.

She knew something was wrong when she got off her shift as a receptionist at the Day's Inn hotel in February. She felt sick, and at first thought her headache was part of a flu. But then she developed a rash and could not get out of bed. Her parents rushed her to the hospital.

Doctors there told her she had a week to live, but Kaitlyn, from Huntington Beach, Calif., refused to believe it.

When the disease spread, she opted to have her limbs amputated. She lost both of her legs below the knee, her left arm at the shoulder and her right arm at the elbow.

"She cried when she learned about her limbs," Don said. "But the following day she said this is something I'll find a way to make work, and joked, 'Who needs a left arm anyway?'"

Kaitlyn's best friend, Kristen Kidd, said she is determined to remain close with her and do all of the things they had planned on doing.

"We're not changing any of our plans," Kristen said. 

"When I visit her, I say, 'Kaitlyn, this is the fight of your life. This is what you've been training for.'"

Meanwhile, Kaitlyn's mother is on a mission to raise awareness about the meningitis vaccine, which can protect against four deadly strains of the virus. 

"I want people to know they should get their kids vaccinated. There is a vaccination to prevent this," Dubrow said.

Sources: Daily Mail,ABC


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