Oologah Meningitis Survivor Returns Home


Friday, June 18th 2010, 5:05 pm
By: News On 6


By Dan Bewley, The News On 6

UNDATED -- Jeremiah Mitchell is coming home. The 6-year-old Oologah boy has been at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati since early April.

Mitchell contracted meningitis at Oologah Elementary School in March.

The outbreak killed two children and infected three others. Mitchell had all four limbs amputated, as well as facial reconstruction surgery.

His grandmother told The News On 6, Mitchell was on his way home Friday afternoon. Gidget Mitchell says Jeremiah is adapting very well to life without limbs. He's able to play video games and is cracking jokes.

Gidget Mitchell says Jeremiah will go back to Cincinnati for a checkup, then go to St. Louis for more surgeries in July.

A fundraiser is being held Saturday to help all seven victims of the meningitis outbreak. It's from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Will Rogers Birthplace in Oologah. The schedule includes live bands as well as fun and games for children.

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