Angela Brown, aged 30, is taking part to raise awareness of the disease and say thank you to us for our support when her son Ayden, then 2, fell ill with pneumococcal meningitis in May 2014.
Thankfully, Ayden defied all the odds and pulled through, but the disease left him with many after-effects.
“Doctors tell us Ayden has changed the medical text books” Angela said. “He has done a million times better than anyone could have imagined. Consultants did not think Ayden would walk again, but he is back on his feet, running rings around his mummy and daddy. He chats non-stop and has an abundance of energy.”
Ayden was rushed to hospital with a stiff neck but none of the classic symptoms of meningitis. He spent three months in hospital.
Very sick little boy
“He was a very, very sick little boy, and doctors gave his dad, Keith, and me the heart-breaking news that he may not survive,” Angela added. “We spent every waking minute at his bedside praying – there was nothing I wouldn’t have done to swap places with him.”
The disease left Ayden profoundly deaf in both ears and with a weakness to his right hand and arm.
In July he underwent an eight-hour operation to receive cochlear implants and since then has found his voice again.
“Meningitis Now has been an amazing help to our family” Angela said.
“They have paid for Ayden to attend auditory verbal therapy every fortnight for a year and the therapists there have equipped me with all the knowledge to ensure Ayden does as brilliantly as he can with his cochlear implants. He is our absolute miracle, the strongest, most loveable, happy little boy we have ever known.”
‘Appy Ayden’s Ascenders’
Angela is taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge with three friends with the team name ‘Appy Ayden’s Ascenders’.
It’s the 15th year running that we’ve held our popular Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds to fight back against the disease.
The challenge, designed to push walkers to their limits and give them a real sense of achievement, takes place between 4 and 6 September, climbing the mountains of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis.
Those wishing to join Angela still have time to sign up.