Maisie Dicks, aged 13, died on 1 January – days after the death of 15 year old Katelyn Lazare, who passed away just after Christmas.
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Meningitis Now would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to Maisie’s family and to let them know that we are here for them or anyone else who knew the youngster and might be affected by her death.
According to reports in the national press, Maisie, from Merthyr Tydfil, died three days after complaining that she felt unwell. Her mother, Sharon Stokes, told the Daily Mail that the next morning she woke up with “grey eyes and a rash” before being rushed to hospital – where she was put into an induced coma. She sadly died two days later.
Sharon said she was so shocked by the speed at which her daughter’s health deteriorated that she wants to raise awareness of the disease and its signs and symptoms.
Although meningitis can strike fast and can be devastating, it is still, thankfully, very rare. However Meningitis Now recommends that everyone should learn the signs and symptoms as well as what to do should they suspect they or someone they know may have contracted the disease.
To find out more please visit our signs and symptoms page.
If you have been affected by Maisie’s case, have a question about meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia, or want to find out more about the types of support we can offer, our experienced staff are here to help. Call our Helpline on 0808 80 10 288, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, during office hours.