Bacterial meningitis vaccine: 'If I had gotten it, I would have been fine'
A woman who lost her hands and legs to bacterial meningitis is fighting to get every college student in America protected from every strain of the disease.
Right now in several states, the Meningitis-c vaccine is mandatory, but she wants the meningitis-b vaccine included, too.
Jamie Schanbaum, 28, has made a name for herself as the girl who's saving lives.
"I didn't know it was a life threatening disease and I didn't know that when you're on college campus you're at a higher risk of catching it," she said. "And I walked onto campus not knowing that - and almost lost my life to the disease."
In 2008, as a student at the University of Texas at Austin, Jamie contracted meningoccocal meningitis, an infection that attacks the tissue around the brain and spinal chord.
"I was watching my limbs go from red rash within a couple of days to purple to black to rotting to decaying with my fingers shriveled up like raisins," she recalled. "And my feet curled up like ballerinas could not fathom. And I was just decaying."
She lost both legs below the knee, the majority of both hands, and spent 7 months in the hospital.
Her mother went before the Texas legislature urging lawmakers to create a law requiring students who live on campus to get the meningitis vaccine. It passed.
"I got meningitis c, so that vaccine was available and I didn't know about it," she said, "and if I had gotten it I would have been fine."