Meningitis Awareness Week: the warning signs

A mother from Bristol whose daughter survived meningitis is backing a campaign to make people more aware of the symptoms of the disease.

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First hand experience of Meningitis

Every year in the UK around three and a half thousand people contract meningitis. And every week, six families lose a loved one to the disease.

Claire Middleton from Weston-super-Mare nearly lost her baby, Edith, when she was just a few hours old. Now at the start of Meningitis Awareness Week she wants people to learn from her experience. David Woodland reports.

Meningitis warning for parents

The parents of a baby girl who survived meningitis are urging others to be on their guard against the disease. Cherie and Darren Thorn are helping to promote Meningitis Awareness Week which starts today.

It comes as a petition was handed in to Downing street this afternoon calling on the Goverment to introduce vaccines for the disease.

The Thorn's baby, Amelie, was diagnosed at just five weeks old, but early intervention and treatment helped her to make a full recovery. Others, though, aren't as fortunate.

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Meningitis Awareness Week begins

by Richard Payne

The parents of a baby girl who survived meningitis are urging others to be on their guard against the disease. Cherie and Darren Thorn are helping to promote Meningitis Awareness Week which starts today.

It comes as a petition was handed in to Downing street this afternoon calling on the Goverment to introduce vaccines for the disease.

The Thorn's baby, Amelie, was diagnosed at just five weeks old, but early intervention and treatment helped her to make a full recovery. Others, though, aren't as fortunate.