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Sale mum urges community to be aware of meningitis symptoms
8:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
A SALE mum whose three-year-old son contracted meningitis nine years ago, is urging the community to be aware of the symptoms of the illness during Meningitis Awareness Week, which begins on Monday, September 16.
Christine Etheridge is an ambassador for the Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), which estimates that meningitis and septicaemia affect 10 people in the UK and Ireland every day.
Christine said: “My son Ben contracted meningitis in 2004 at the age of three, he was critically ill in hospital for eight weeks but fortunately recovered and is doing really well.
“He is now 12 but still having ongoing treatment and operations on his legs due to the damage the illness caused.
“Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases you never expect to happen, but when they strike they can be devastating not just for the person who falls sick, but for all their loved ones, family and friends. Everyone needs to know about these diseases.”
To find out more about the symptoms, visit meningitis.org or download the free App from bit.ly/MRFapp.
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