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Clair's Story - what happened when my brain caught fire


When Clair woke up in hospital after falling ill with encephalitis, she had no idea that the people by her bedside were her mum and dad.

Four years on from that devastating diagnosis, she still needs to look at a photograph of her parents after waking each morning so she can remember who they are.

Encephalitis is an often life-changing brain condition, described as feeling like your brain is on fire. It has high death rates but 78% of people have not heard of it, yet it is more common in many countries that Motor Neurone Disease, bacterial meningitis, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.

Awareness of encephalitis is low and voting for Clair will mean that more people know that encephalitis is brain inflammation and that #encephalitismatters.

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