Unexpected consequences


Little Bo August, just four years old from England, is a real whirlwind and likes to set the tone when she  plays. But, just like that, her life takes a turn for the worse.  In  February 2015, she got chickenpox and her parents, Julia and Dan at first don't suspect anything  bad. But a short time later, they notice that their daughter is having  trouble walking.

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One morning, their  daughter wakes up  with mysterious bruises all over her  legs and even on the soles of her feet. The parents take their daughter immediately to hospital. There, they diagnose Bo with the rare disease, "purpura fulminans
". This  is an acute and often fatal thrombotic disorder which manifests as blood spots, bruising and discoloration of the skin resulting from  blood clotting, which in the worst cases, can lead to death within a few hours.

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Little Bo immediately gets taken to  the  ICU. "I asked the doctor if it was life-threatening, and he replied that it was a threat to life and limbs," said Bo's mother. The parents have to face the cruel reality that their daughter might lose both legs or the unimaginable, her life. Bo's body's defense response to the chickenpox infection caused a dangerous complication, which resulted  in the blood flow being  blocked by the little  girl's body. Bo receives a cocktail of 12 different medications, several plasma transfusions and three skin grafts.

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Bo spent 10 weeks at  hospital, sitting in a wheelchair and even had to learn to walk again. But she  survived the ordeal  and  the fun-loving child got  to keep both her legs. She will nevertheless remember the traumatic experience for a long time to come and now has to wear  compression  stockings for a whole year.

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