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Hundreds gather to say goodbye to Tyler Garwood

Hundreds of people attended the funeral at West Road Crematorium Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hundreds of people have gathered for the funeral of Tyler Garwood in Newcastle. The 14 year old died suddenly of suspected meningitis two weeks ago.

Tributes were paid to the Kenton School pupil and talented footballer when his death was announced.

Mourners were encouraged to wear Newcastle United football shirts for the funeral.

Tyler Garwood was a Year 9 pupil at Kenton School in Newcastle Credit: Garwood Family

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Tributes paid to 14-year-old Tyler Garwood

Tyler Garwood died from suspected meningitis Credit: Garwood Family

Tributes have been paid to a 14-year-old boy from Newcastle who died from suspected meningitis.

Tyler Garwood died suddenly on Monday morning.

Kenton School where Tyler was a Year 9 pupil released a statement saying:

"It is with deep sadness we have to announce the sudden death of a Year 9 pupil"

The schoolboy was a keen footballer too - and several clubs have been paying tribute to him.

He played for Gosforth FC and Ponteland United

Team Gosforth FC release a tribute on their Facebook page Credit: Team Gosforth FC

North East A&E depts hit by latest junior doctors' strike

The fifth junior doctors' strike began at 8am on Tuesday, and is due to last two days.

Strikers have manned pickets outside of most hospitals in the North East.

This meant a cold start to the protests for many, with unseasonal snow and ice across the region.

Picket outside the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on Tuesday morning. Credit: ITV News

This is the fifth strike by junior doctors, and the first time in which they have withdrawn labour from Accident and Emergency departments.

Hospitals say they have arrangements in place to deal with emergency patients as normal, although many routine operations have been cancelled.

The row with the government is over changes to contracts.

The signs and symptoms of meningitis

Following the sudden death of a school pupil in Newcastle from suspected meningitis, here is a list of some of the possible signs and symptoms of the infection.

The following information is taken from the NHS Choices website.

Meningitis rash

The classic rash associated with meningitis usually looks like small, red pinpricks at first.

It then spreads over the body quickly and turns into red or purple blotches.

If you press the side of a clear glass firmly against the skin and the rash doesn't fade, it's a sign of blood poisoning (septicaemia) caused by meningitis and you should get medical advice right away.

The rash can be harder to see on dark skin.

Check for spots on paler areas like the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, the tummy, inside the eyelids, and the roof of the mouth.

Other possible signs of meningitis

  • a high temperature (fever) over 37.5C (99.5F)
  • feeling and being sick
  • irritability and a lack of energy
  • a headache
  • aching muscles and joints
  • breathing quickly
  • cold hands and feet
  • pale, mottled skin
  • a stiff neck
  • confusion
  • a dislike of bright lights
  • drowsiness
  • fits (seizures)
  • Babies may also:
  • refuse feeds
  • be agitated and not want to be picked up
  • have a bulging soft spot on their head (fontanelle)
  • be floppy or unresponsive
  • have an unusual high-pitched cry
  • have a stiff body
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