Ellie K's story

18th December 2016

Emma’s young daughter Ellie, from Great Barr in Birmingham, was very sleepy, had a high temperature and was irritable. But when she screamed at the light her mum knew she had to get her to hospital quickly. Fortunately they got there in time and Ellie has made a good recovery. Emma tells their story here

Ellie K

“We had been out shopping and Ellie had been fine in the morning. When we returned home we left her asleep in her outdoor coat and she woke up very hot and irritable - I presumed because she had her coat on.”

“As the day went on her temperature increased despite having calpol. She became very irritable, with high pitched screaming and then would fall to sleep quite quickly. This happened a few times in the day.” 

Screamed at the light

“Around 7pm I carried her into the bathroom where my son was taking a bath. She screamed out looking at the light and started having twitches.”

“We immediately took her to A&E at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. After explaining the symptoms to reception we were called through straight away. The nurse asked if she had a rash. I said ‘no’ but within the half an hour since leaving our house she was covered in a rash. We were then being treated for suspected meningitis and bloods, cannulas and lumbar punctures happened.”  

“Ellie was very lucky, we caught it in time - even the doctors were so concerned. Ellie made a fantastic recovery. She was diagnosed with non-culture bacterial meningitis and now 15 months on after five days in hospital and seven days of iv antibiotics at home she is a very happy healthy toddler.”

  • Ulaani meningococcal bacterial meningitis case study

    Ulaani's story

    Lynda’s young daughter Ulaani had a very high temperature and cold hands and feet

  • Kassius meningococcal bacterial meningitis case study

    Kassius's story

    Young Kassius avoided the flu that affected his family, but little did any of them guess he was about to be hit with something even worse

  • Ryley-Jai bacterial meningitis case study

    Ryley-Jai's story

    Diane’s six-month-old son Riley, from Lichfield in Staffordshire, was sleepy and irritable in July 2013

  • Lauren S rare listeria meningitis case study

    Lauren S's story

    Despite her concerns, worried mother Lesley Swift, 26, was unable to get a doctor to visit her seven-year-old daughter, Lauren