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Miracle Boy: four-year-old recovers from meningitis


by Danielle Wagner

FAIRBANK (KWWL) He's being called a "miracle boy." More than a month ago, four-year-old Hunter Fuller of Fairbank had a strain of bacterial meningitis.

His particular strain is fatal most of the time, but thanks to fast treatment, Hunter is doing well.

It started with a pain in his lower abdomen, so the Amber and Jason Fuller took him to the doctor but nothing seemed wrong. Then during the night, Hunter suddenly got worse.

"He just went limp, like fell over. Couldn't talk, couldn't do anything for himself and Jason noticed a few little red spots on his chest and back," said Amber Fuller.

Those red spots spread outside and inside of Hunter's body. He spent two and a half weeks in an induced a coma in Iowa City.

Thankfully, more than a month later Hunter is back home in Fairbank playing with his sister Leena.

But there are still side effects.

The meningitis began shutting down his organs, starting with the kidneys. He has dialysis twice a week for four hours. He isn't a fan.

"It makes you mad, doesn't it," said Amber Fuller to Hunter.

Hunter had a skin graph done on his foot and starts physical therapy soon. There's also a chance of a learning disability as he gets older. But right now...

"We're just happy to be home," said Amber and Jason Fuller.

Hunter will happily just keep driving his John Deere Gator around the backyard.

There is a benefit dinner and auction to help the Fuller's pay for medical bills. That benefit is Saturday, November 15 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Fairbank American Legion. You can also send money to Veridian Credit Union.  An account is set up in Hunter Fuller's name.

Online Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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