Double meningitis amputee pleads for university students to get their jab ahead of freshers' week

Mike Chinchen, 50, from Bournemouth lost his legs after the deadly infection poisoned his blood and cut off circulation to his limbs. He hopes students get vaccinated before the new semester.
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