Brave Beth celebrates 18th birthday against all the odds!

Kirkintilloch.  Campsie View pupil Beth Campbell celebrating her 18th birthday. Beth with her mum Rosemary. 7.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Kirkintilloch. Campsie View pupil Beth Campbell celebrating her 18th birthday. Beth with her mum Rosemary. 7.12.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

AN INSPIRATIONAL teenager has celebrated a special birthday with family and friends – 18 years after doctors told her parents to prepare to switch off her life support machine.

Beth Campbell contracted meningitis when she was just 15 weeks old.

The tiny tot was rushed to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, but the life threatening virus had caused brain damage and many of Beth’s vital organs to shut down.

Amazingly, the family was given a glimmer of hope and, despite being one of the worst cases of the disease doctors at the hospital had seen, Beth staged a courageous fightback.

She is currently a pupil at Campsie View School.

Head teacher Carole Bowie said: “Beth is a very valued member of the Campsie View Community.

“She is well-known to everyone for her lively personality and great sense of fun. Although she has had to overcome so many challenges in her life in many ways she is a typical teenager. She loves nonsense, fashion, music and pampering sessions.”

Beth is pictured with mum Rosemary.