Daniel H's story

1st September 2010

Daniel Halford was just 18 when he died from meningitis after complaining of a headache just hours before


"Daniel, or Dan as he was known to friends, was a lively young man."

"Daniel had spent Monday at Notting Hill Carnival with friends in September 2010. He had complained of a headache on the Wednesday night and by 6pm on the Thursday night he was fighting for his life in hospital. Daniel had complained of a headache and he had taken some paracetomol. Later on he complained of aching legs - we had no idea this was a symptom of meningococcal septicaemia.

"He was rushed to hospital the following evening after his dad came home from work to find him collapsed and covered in a rash. Six hours after being induced into a coma and in ITU, Daniel suffered a cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness. He was pronounced brain stem dead four days later.

"A huge gap has been left in our lives, a gap that I feel will never be filled."