Story

Our beautiful, precious son Alfie passed away on 2nd Dec 2013. He was only 2 weeks old and had septicaemia.

After not feeding on Friday 29th Nov we took him to A&E at Halifax that evening, his vital signs were checked but nothing untoward was found. Four hours later, whilst we were waiting for a bed in the children’s ward, Alfie started to have fits or seizures. The doctor came and assessed him immediately, she was very concerned about his condition and suspected that he had meningitis. Much to our disbelief he was rushed to the intensive care unit and we were told he was very ill. They gave him antibiotics to treat the meningitis and drugs to control the seizures.

During the night he continued to have seizures and when he’d been stabilized the following evening he was transferred to Leeds General Infirmary so they could complete a lumber puncture test. After the transfer he spent the Sunday there being stabilised and we were hopeful that he would make it through. The following day we were confronted by a neurologist who explained that a CT scan showed that there was severe damage in Alfie's brain and he could not survive. Our decision to switch off the machines was heart breaking.

We are completely devastated and shocked that our precious boy could be affected so severely in such a short time. We were told Alfie had Gram Negative Septicaemia, having never known about the disease before we want to make other people aware and know what symptoms to look for.

Updates 5

Thank you to Meryl Baker for raising £40 in memory of Alfie on World Environment Day.

07/11/14 08:37

£813.46 was raised in memory of Alfie at the Bag-pack on 5th October. Thank you to everyone who helped and donated.

23/10/14 04:10

Thank you to The Crossroads in Meltham for allocating a grant of £250 to Meningitis Research Foundation in memory of Alfie.

16/09/14 11:06

Thank you so much to the employees of J H Clissold & Son Ltd for making a donation of £145 in memory of Alfie.

09/09/14 12:15

Thank you to Rachel Micklewaite for making a £20 donation offline in memory of Alfie.

21/07/14 01:29

Raising money for

Meningitis Research Foundation

Meningitis Research Foundation

Charity Registration No. England 1091105,SC037586, Ireland CHY 12030

Meningitis is deadly; killing and seriously disabling in hours. Small children and young adults are high risk, but all ages can be affected. Globally 1,000 people die daily. We fundraise to invest in research, campaign for vaccines, provide symptom information and support those already affected.

Donations 7

Well done Anne-Marie very worthy cause xx

Donation by Maggie Jones on 05/10/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

So sorry for your loss. After reading your story I couldn't not donate. I'm currently also fundraising for Meningitis Now. I'm spreading awareness of this awful disease. Much love to you.

Donation by Anne-Marie Coombes on 04/10/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Nigel & Helen, words are simply not enough at these times.

Donation by The Riley Family on 17/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Touched by your story x

Donation by pam clarke on 17/12/13

£6.00

+ £1.50 Gift Aid

From a fellow heartbroken and devastated Angel Mummy of this unthinkable disease xx

Donation by Emma Moore on 17/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Nigel Baucutt on 16/12/13

£425.13

+ £106.28 Gift Aid

Your story touched me as it sounds like the story of my niece, Ellie Grace Beaumont, who died 23/5/13 at 16 days old at LGI. Love to you all.

Donation by Diane Ellis on 16/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£491.13
  • Offline donations£1,268.46
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,759.59
  • Gift Aid£122.78

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