Sep 13 2012 by Leona Greenan, Hamilton Advertiser
A BLANTYRE mum is encouraging the South Lanarkshire community to Be MeningitisWise during Meningitis Awareness Week (September 17-23) and know the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.
Sara MacIntosh has first-hand experience of the disease after her son Fraser contracted meningococcal septicaemia when he was 13 months old.
Sara explained: “Fraser woke up around 4.30am, we went to check him and give him some Calpol and noticed he had a dirty nappy. This nappy saved Fraser’s life.
“I changed him in the dark except for the hall light and noticed a big purple mark on his side. I could see him turning grey before my eyes!
“The hospital staff were waiting for us when we arrived and a paediatric team of four were sent for from Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.
“We felt so grateful for all the people involved in saving Fraser’s life that even now I cannot put into proper words how thankful we are.”
The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) says that meningitis and septicaemia affect around 3600 people in the UK and Ireland annually.
They are deadly diseases that can strike anyone without warning, killing one in 10, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after-effects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs.
Mary Millar, Scotland Manager at MRF said: “There is currently no vaccine for meningococcal B disease which is responsible for the majority of cases of ther disease in the UK and Ireland.
“However we must remember that vaccines do not prevent all strains of meningitis and septicaemia yet, so it’s vitally important that the community in South Lanarkshire are MeningitisWise and remain aware of the symptoms.”
To find out more about the symptoms visit the MRF website on www.meningitis.org