Brave Keri wins Little Miss Northern Ireland title after battling deadly meningitis virus
A six year-old girl who nearly lost her life to a deadly strain of meningitis is celebrating after winning the title of Little Miss Northern Ireland.
Her mother Michelle Howard says that she's delighted her pretty daughter Keri McAllister won the title but as far as she's concerned she's still her "wee miracle".
The Co Down mother-of-four told how on one fateful day in 2011, her daughter's 'flu-like' symptoms landed her in intensive care at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast within hours, fighting against the poison in her bloodstream that began to attack her vital organs.
But for the quick, expert response from the family GP and a hospital doctor who both feared it was meningitis, little Keri may not be here today.
The Newtownards girl won the age 4-10 age group in the Miss Mini and Little Northern Ireland beauty pageant held at La Mon Hotel, Belfast. Keri, a Castle Gardens Primary School pupil, was rewarded with a crown, sash, certificate, trophy and a bouquet of flowers.
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