Photographer Anne Geddes took portraits of survivors of a devastating childhood illness for the book and exhibit, "Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease." The book is available free on iBooks.
"I've been a photographer for 30 years, and it's the most significant thing I've ever done," she told CBS News.
The project was a partnership with Novartis Vaccines and the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations. The disease quickly attacks its victims, often infants, children and teens. It can be treated with antibiotics, but 10 to 15 percent of patients die, and many of those who survive are left with brain damage, hearing loss or the amputation of limbs.
Credit: Anne Geddes
Protecting Our Tomorrows
Bernadette, age 6, from Australia, contracted meningococcal disease when she was 3 years old. She had to have her legs amputated below the knee and also lost several fingers.