Tragic death in Huddersfield

30th November 2018

We at Meningitis Now are terribly sad to hear the news of the death of four-year-old Enzo Joyce in Huddersfield, following a short battle with meningitis

Enzo Joyce meningococcal death

All of us at the charity would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Enzo and like them to know that we are here to support them in any way we can. 

According to newspaper reports, Enzo was taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital on 15 November with a high temperature, but sadly passed away the same day. Grandmother Sara Joyce said that he had been a “perfectly healthy, loving, giving little boy”. She also said that they wanted to highlight “this atrocious disease” and wouldn’t want any family to go through what they were going through.

The family have set up a JustGiving page to raise funds for his funeral, which we understand is taking place today (30 November).

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 as they can’t easily fight infection because their immune system is not yet fully developed. 

One of the best ways you can protect your loved ones from meningitis is to ensure they are up to date with vaccinations and learn the signs and symptoms. If you have a question about meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia, just wanted to talk things through, or find out more about our support, our experienced staff are here to help. 

Call our Helpline on 0808 80 10 288 (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday) or email helpline@meningitisnow.org(emails are answered during office hours only).