The parents of a Northamptonshire toddler who died from meningitis just hours after he was taken ill are trying to raise awareness of the speed at which the illness can take hold.
Three year old Jayden Nel went to sleep last Thursday as usual, but woke up being sick. His Mum discovered a rash and took him to hospital but he lost consciousness on the way.
A leading consultant has said that a paramedic treating a young child who later died from meningitis should have recognised she was seriously ill. Two-year-old Georgia Keeling from Norwich died in August 2009. Paramedic Patricia Perfect examined her and diagnosed swine flu instead of meningitis.
The East of England Ambulance service has admitted there were shortcomings in the case of a 2 year old girl from Norfolk who died from meningitis.
The parents of Georgia Keeling had been wrongly told she was suffering from swine flu.
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An inquest begins today into the death of a 2 year old girl. Georgia Keeling from Norwich died in hospital in 2009. It's thought she was suffering from meningitis, but was mis-diagnosed with swine flu.
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A woman from Norfolk who lost both her sons to meningitis is warning other parents to look out for symptoms of the disease.
Gina Weston's sons Joe and Ryan died twenty years apart of the bacterial form of the disease.
The symptoms are often flu-like and can include a stiff neck and red rash, if not treated quickly it can kill in just 4 hours.
Most children are now vaccinated against some forms of the disease - but there is no vacine against meningitis B - the more deadly bacterial form.
Gina said: "It was awful, it was devastating. You just expect to go into your baby's room in the morning and pick them up and carry on as normal you don't expect two hours later to be having your child christened and having to say goodbye."
Each year about 3,400 people contract the disease - one in ten of them will die, research shows that those under 4 and between 15-24 are at most risk.
Many of the symptoms of meningitis are flu-like; they include a fever, bad headache, confusion, a stiff neck and an aversion to bright light.
A rash which doesn't fade when pressure is applied is also an indicator - but patients won't necessarily have all the symptoms.
Meningitis survivor Ellie Sutton from Witham hands in a petition to Downing Street on behalf of the Meningitis Trust.Read the full story ›