Sophie Royce, 23, was infected with meningococcal W in 2013, leading to her losing the ends of her toes and fingers.
Just 21 at the time, she underwent 30 operations and spent eight-and-a-half weeks in hospital.
Despite the best efforts of doctors, the disease and subsequent sepsis she suffered cost Sophie the tips of her fingers and toes.
Two years on, Sophie, from Reigate, London, is calling for young people to get vaccinated and protect themselves.
London South Bank University student Sophie said: “Before I became ill. I was aware of meningitis, but thought it only affect babies and young children.
“I quickly found out that that is one of the biggest meningitis myths.
“‘Meningitis is such a vicious and nasty disease, hopefully we will now see a downward trend in the number of type W cases, particularly in teenagers.
“I will be telling everyone at uni who hasn’t had their ACWY vaccine to make sure they get it ASAP.
“If it prevents just one case like mine it will be worth it.”
On July 28, 2013 Sophie was rushed to hospital in the early hours of the morning, suffering suspected meningitis.
She explained: “I was deteriorating extremely quickly, she said.
“I remember an influx of people around my bed as they struggled to get an IV, fluids and vitals.
“I was then taken to the ICU where a team of amazing doctors and nurses worked on me trying to keep me stable.”
“Antibiotics were pushed but I started to bottom out, my blood pressure and pulse started to fall dramatically.
“I was, by this time, purple from head to toe.”
Her heart soon gave out as the sepsis took over, and eventually, she suffered total organ failure.
Sophie was transferred from her local hospital in Surrey to St Thomas’ in central London, transferred on a blue light.
After days in ICU, Sophie finally came round to discover she had contracted a rare strain of meningitis, meningococcal septicaemia W135.
“The sepsis had caused gangrene to my extremities and I was facing hard decisions about amputation and kidney transplantation,” she recalled.
“Two years on and there is not an hour that goes by when we do not think of my incredible medical team. They are my real life heroes.”