Ollie's experience

21st October 2015

Ollie was just 18 when he was tragically and unexpectedly killed by meningococcal group W (Men W) meningitis

The disease claimed his life within a matter of hours as he was enjoying a music festival, one of his favourite events of the year.

When he woke up feeling ill on Saturday morning, Ollie and his friends thought he was suffering with a hangover. He took some painkillers and went back to bed. 

Four hours later Ollie was found unable to breathe or feel his legs and had turned purple in colour. His friends immediately went to get help and the paramedics took over.

That’s when his mother received a call telling her that Ollie was being treated by paramedics. When she arrived at the medical tent, she couldn’t believe what she saw. 

Ollie was quickly transferred to Norwich Hospital by helicopter and put into a coma. Sadly, less than two hours later, his organs had failed and Ollie died.

Grieving mum Jojo told us about the impact loosing Ollie has had on her family’s life:

“It was 19th July 2014 and Ollie was at a music festival called Latitude, which he had attended for the last seven years. He loved it. There was music, and he was surrounded by friends and family, so he always had a great time and looked forward to going every year.”

“It took just eight hours for meningitis to kill my son. He was 18 years old.”

“Myself and Ollie's dad are still finding every day a struggle and I am sure there are going to be many more days of struggle to come.”

“My message to teenagers is please ensure you get vaccinated.”

“Meningitis Now have helped us so much through counselling and phone calls, as well as helping financially towards Ollie’s funeral.”

No mother should have to witness the death of a child. If a friend is unwell, even if you think it’s just a hangover or the flu, check on them regularly. If they are getting worse and you suspect meningitis, call for help immediately.

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