Simple advice that can save lives
IF anyone ever harboured any doubts about the importance of acting quickly when you suspect a child may have meningitis then the story today about Hollie Weeks should dispel them. For had her mum, Claire, not had the presence of mind to rush her to hospital, Hollie may not have survived.
Her experience also shows the value of passing on information about what do if you suspect meningitis.
Meningitis UK have been brilliant at this over the years.
And we have regularly carried their advice.
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Had Claire not known little Kelsey Smart, she may not have recognised the symptoms and acted as quickly as she did.
Where this disease is concerned, time is of the essence.
There are no guarantees but the quicker people get their children to hospital, the more chance there is of them surviving.
Even then it can still be touch and go as Claire and her husband, Simon, discovered.
Hollie still suffered a stroke and for a time lost her speech.
But she has gone on to make a remarkable recovery.
It may be a good idea for every parent to cut out the advice panel in today's Post and keep it safe. That simple press cutting may just help to save someone's life.