Not all children survive encephalitis; despite modern medicine a small number of children will die. In addition some children who survive encephalitis will be left with significant problems.
A child may make a good physical recovery but this can hide problems that are not so visible. Damage to a child’s brain as a result of encephalitis can lead to “hidden” disabilities.
Problems with understanding, learning, thinking, remembering cannot be “seen” but will impact on the child’s behaviour. The child may look “normal” but behave “badly”. Finding information, help and support is essential for parents dealing with these “hidden” problems.