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Faye’s story – This is in memory of 2-year-old Faye- Meningitis Now

Many of you will have seen and signed the online petition calling for the Meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children, not just newborn babies.

This is in memory of 2-year-old Faye

Below, Faye’s mum Jenny tells her story and why she is campaigning for change.

“This is a photo of Faye, 2-years-old, who sadly lost her life to this dreadful disease. We campaign for change in her memory.” “Faye was taken to A&E with a rash on her forehead. She was then transferred by South Bank Retrieval Service to Evelina Children’s Hospital, where her heart stopped in the ambulance. They revived her and spent hours working on stabilising her.” “We were given a one per cent survival chance but she proved them wrong and carried on fighting.” “After a few days she seemed to have turned a corner, but the sepsis started to affect her more and the decision of limb removal was made. The extent of removal was massive, full leg amputation and one arm and plastic surgery.” “She was getting tired, her little body consumed by meningitis and sepsis (blood poisoning). We had to make the decision, a massive operation and she may die or we let her go peacefully on her own accord.” “We decided the latter and then watched our little girl slip away. At 9pm on February 14th she finally fell asleep forever. All this in only 11 days.”

“This is the link to the government petition calling for the Meningitis B vaccine to be given to ALL children, not just newborn babies –

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/108072

“All children are at risk from this terrible infection, yet the Government plan to only vaccinate 2 to 5-month-olds. There needs to be a rollout programme to vaccinate all children, at least up to age 11. Meningococcal infections can be very serious, causing meningitis, septicaemia and death.” “In a few days we have seen this rise from a few hundred signatures to over 13,000 due to furious social media campaigns and also contacting some media.”

“Anything you can do to promote and support this cause is very welcome.”

Jenny, Faye’s mum

https://www.meningitisnow.org/support-us/news-centre/news-stories/fayes-story/

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Mum slams NHS for ‘shocking failures’ over death of meningitis baby Leo Radcliffe

How many more will suffer before their life has already started, Joanna

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A mother has slammed the NHS for ‘shocking failures’ over the death of her baby, including an NHS Direct call-handler who classed the emergency as non-urgent because the desperate parent failed to use the word ‘severe’.

Katie Corry, 22, held up her feverish baby Leo to the phone so the call handler could hear his ‘rapid’ breathing. An inquest heard the call was classified as non-urgent because Katie had not used the word ‘severe’ which would have prompted a speedier response in accordance with the script of questions and potential answers the call handler was using at the time.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/leo-radcliffe-meningitis-mum-nhs-8910030

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Baby Leo Radcliffe

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Nuneaton couple share their tragic story to raise awareness

The family are raising money for the Meningitis Research Foundation. Anyone who would like to donate should visit https://www.justgiving.com/Georgie13/

LOSING a child is devastating for any parent but for Matt and Paula Hall their loss is even more heartbreaking. Today the couple from Crow Hill in Nuneaton will be preparing to say their final goodbyes to their beloved daughter, and told the News about the tragic circumstances which lead to 23-month-old Georgie’s death. Despite dealing with unimaginable grief, they were keen to share their story to help raise awareness and funds to help other families effected by meningitis. Mr Hall, who works for sports brand Adidas, explained that Georgie was a ‘miracle’ baby, after having to undergo IVF treatment and then his wife suffered complications during pregnancy.

“Georgie was a miracle baby in the first place after Paula had a heart problem while she was pregnant,” he explained. “Paula was in intensive care for weeks and we were faced with termination, which makes it even harder.” They cherished their daughter, taking her on a family holiday to Australia in January, and were looking forward to watching her grow – until tragedy struck.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.nuneaton-news.co.uk/Couple-share-tragic-story-raise-awareness/story-26112212-detail/story.html?

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23-month-old Georgie Hall

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