I lost my beautiful 91/2mth old son to Meningicoccal Septicemia 181/2yrs ago. He was a big, blue eyed boy and always smiling and contented. The day before his death my Health Visitor did his hearing test and general check up, she said he was grand. However to me he wasn't himself so I got some paracetamol liquid at the chemist to give him at home. He went down to sleep as usual but his Daddy and I woke at 4.30am by the sound of his crying and vomiting.. I lifted our son, took him downstairs, checked him over and rang for the Out of Hours Doctor. One came at 5.30am said it was a virus, I was doing everything right and to ring my own GP in the morning. Between 5.30am and 3.50pm I had five diff doctors out to see my son as I knew there was something wrong with him but could not figure out what. I was told he was teething, had a virus, a cold, was just being tetchy. The Dr at 11.30am told my Mum to get me checked out as I wanted my child sick! This was because I asked him about the blotchy skin around my sons groin area, told him I had BM aged 3yrs and VM aged 11yrs, my Dad had VM a few years back, my cousins baby daughter had died due to BM last year (10mths old) and that a baby down my street was just out of hospital after having BM.. The last Dr whisked my son and my Mum in her car to the Children's hospital leaving me standing holding the hand of my 5yr old daughter. By the time I arrived at the hospital my beautiful baby son was already whisked away and we were told he was gravely ill and they were doing all they could. His Daddy was working so family tried to reach him as the rest of both sides of family members gathered in the waiting area. My son made it to Intensive Care but not the life support machine.. He went into Cardiac Arrest due to his Adrenal Glands shutting down and stopping his organs from working. My beautiful son became an Angel less than an hour after being taken to hospital.. I never saw him alive again.. The Dr told us about his death at 5.10pm as they had been waiting for his Daddy to arrive.. I've since found out my son had contracted Fredrickson Waterhouse Syndrome which is very, very rare but is a complication that can come out of Meningicoccal Septicemia.. Our hearts broke that day and none of our lives have ever been the same... My sons older sister has contracted VM 4 times in the last 3yrs and hospitalised each time. To me Drs are no further advanced in diagnosing or treating Meningitis any faster than they were 181/2yrs ago.. It hurts so much to know that I was right and my son was very, very sick but not one Dr gave any notice to what I said or how ill my baby actually was.. We will never know if our beautiful son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin would have survived MS as he wasn't given the chance...
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