Meningitis death in Scotland

12th April 2018

We are sad to report that a child from Dumfries has died after contracting meningitis

Koa Brock

Koa Brock was just eight months old. 

We send our sincere condolences to his parents, Barry Brock and Haley Hamilton, and all friends and relatives of the family.

We’ve reached out to offer our support and our founder Steve Dayman said, “We are saddened to learn of this case of meningitis, and extend our thoughts and best wishes to the family.”

Koa was a Rangers football fan and Barry has asked supporters to release balloons at Sunday’s clash with Celtic in tribute to his son.

Koa’s organs are also being donated to save the lives of others.

Barry wrote online, “He’s going to donate his organs to save the lives of others and he’ll be watching over Hampden on Sunday, and he wants everyone to bring a balloon. His favourite colour is blue.”

The family was at home after a holiday at Haggerston Castle in Beal, Northumberland, last week when meningitis struck.

Koa’s mum, Haley Hamilton, said Koa suffered meningococcal meningitis that struck without warning; “There were no symptoms, except for him being a bit grumpy, and it just came out of nowhere.”

Koa was rushed to Dumfries hospital before being transferred to Glasgow in an ambulance.

“If his organs save someone’s life then my little boy has had a purpose, his life was worth something, and that’s what he was meant to be here for,” Haley told the Scottish Sun newspaper.

Steve Dayman added, “Koa’s sad story shows how quickly meningitis can strike.”

Babies, toddlers and young children under 5 are the most at-risk group for contracting meningitis, with over 50% of all cases occurring in this age group. Babies and young children are particularly vulnerable to meningitis as they cannot easily fight infection because their immune system is not yet fully developed.

If you suspect meningitis seek medical help immediately. 

One of the best ways you can protect your loved ones from meningitis is to learn the signs and symptoms.

If you have a question about meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia, just want to talk things through or find out more about our support, our experienced support staff are here to help.

Call our Helpline on 0808 80 10 388 (9am-5pm Monday-Friday) or email helpline@meningitisnow.org (emails are answered during office hours only).

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