Parents of child who died from meningitis warn others to be vigilant

The family of Hector Kirkham, 3, have paid tribute after he died from Meningococcal Septicaemia Credit: Lancashire Police

The parents of a three-year-old boy who died from meningitis are warning other parents to look for signs of the disease.

Hector Kirkham, from Lancaster, was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on March 27 after contracting meningococcal septicaemia, but died later that day.

Another child from his nursery, Little Learners in Galgate, was taken to hospital with the disease but has since been discharged.

In a statement, Hector's mother Charlotte and father Lee described him as a "gorgeous, cheeky, happy boy".

They said:

Public Health England said it was working closely with the nursery and all children and staff had been offered antibiotics.

Grainne Nixon, health protection nurse consultant for Public Health England North West, said:

  • For more information about meningitis and its symptoms please visit the NHS website here.

  • Anyone with immediate concerns about their child should report to their local Accident and Emergency Department.