Weston mum raises meningitis awareness

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 September 2013

Claire Middleton with daughter Edith.

Claire Middleton with daughter Edith.

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A WESTON mother is speaking out about the 'devastating' effects of meningitis and septicaemia as part of an awareness campaign.

Claire Middleton’s daughter Edith was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and septicaemia caused by group B strep when she was 36 hours old.

The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) estimates the two diseases affect 10 people in the UK and Ireland every day, killing one in 10 and leaving a quarter of survivors with life-changing after affects.

The foundation’s Meningitis Awareness Week starts today (Mon) and runs until Sunday.

Claire said when Edith first fell ill the only symptom she had was a very high temperature.

Claire said: “She looked like she was going to die and it was so hard not being able to hold her. She spent a night in PICU and after 12 hours showed signs of improving. She was discharged from hospital 14 days later. She has since had a hearing test and is showing all signs of a full recovery.

“Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases you never expect to happen, but when they strike they can be devastating not just for the person who falls sick, but for all their loved ones, family and friends.

“That’s why I’m supporting Meningitis Awareness Week. Everyone needs to know about these diseases.”

Chris Head, chief executive of the MRF, said the UK’s mortality rate was one of the highest in Europe.

He said: “People are still not fully protected against all types, so being aware of the symptoms and acting fast is essential to saving lives.”

To find out more about the symptoms visit the MRF website at www.meningitis.org

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