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Mum determined to raise awareness with symptom card that saved son
12:00pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
A MUM from Leigh whose son contracted meningitis and septicaemia is on a mission to educate parents about the condition.
Jordan Breeze was four years old when he came home from school ill but mum Meray was able to identify meningitis thanks to a symptom card she had and took him straight to hospital.
Now she wants to help others to spot the symptoms as part of Meningitis Awareness Week.
Meray, of Pendle Court, said: “Jordan contracted meningitis and septicaemia in November 2003. He was so ill he was transferred to a hospital with a paediatric intensive care unit.
“Thankfully he did survive but had to learn to walk and talk again and still to this day suffers from tiredness and behavioural after effects.
“If I had put Jordan to bed that night thinking it was just a bug, there is no way he would be here now. I don’t even know where I got the symptom card from, it was just in the kitchen draw.”
Meray visits toddler groups to distribute leaflets and symptom cards and also campaigns for more vaccines to be introduced, a cause supported by Leigh MP Andy Burnham.
Children under five and students are most at risk, but the disease can strike at any age and not all forms are currently covered by vaccines.
Meray, a child minder, said: “Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases you never expect to happen, but when they strike they can be devastating, not only for the person who falls sick, but for their family and friends. That’s why I’m supporting Meningitis Awareness Week. Everyone needs to know about these diseases.”
The awareness week runs until Sunday and more information is available from meningitis.org.
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