Tragic death over Christmas

4th January 2019

We at Meningitis Now are terribly sad to hear the news that 15-year-old Katelyn Lazare passed away during the Christmas period following a short battle with meningitis

Katelyn meningitis death blog

All of us would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to Katelyn’s family and friends during this difficult time – we have made contact with the family and stand ready to offer our support in any way we can. 

According to a newspaper report from the South Wales Argus, Katelyn (a passionate dancer and pupil at St Joseph’s High School, Newport) felt unwell on Boxing Day and visited her GP with mum Melanie. Suspecting meningitis, doctors transferred Katelyn to Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales, where she was placed on life support. She passed away the following day. 

A JustGiving page has been set up by family friend Tracey Needham to help with funeral costs. Tracey said, “What has shocked everyone most is how she had been so full of life with no sign of anything wrong. I don’t think people realise how quickly somebody’s condition can deteriorate.”

Meningitis often strikes quickly and without warning. One of the best ways you can protect your loved ones from meningitis is to ensure they are up to date with all relevant vaccinations, and to learn the signs and symptoms of the disease. 

If you’ve been affected by Katelyn’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, during office hours.