Story

This is our story

 

This is our beautiful son and brother Leo James Good who died on Sunday 14th February 2010 from Meningococcal Septicaemia. He was just 2 years 9 months and brought delight to everyone he met. We cannot express in words the devastation this tragedy has brought to our family, friends and community. Meningitis and Septicaemia are cruel diseases that gave us no warning, no time to say goodbye and a hole in our lives that can never be filled.

 

Meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases that can kill in hours. Leo developed a mild temperature around 12.30 on saturday afternoon. We gave him children's paracetamol which he threw up so we cleaned him up and comforted him on the sofa. Although he was feeling poorly and vomitted 4 more times that afternoon he still got up to play with his older brother for over an hour and was interacting as normal - his temperature seemed to have returned to normal and he gave no indication of stiff neck or headache or anything more severe than a tummy bug. We even noted that there were no marks on his body when we bathed him at 5pm. At 8pm he fell asleep and we decided we would put him in his cot. He woke up when we lay him down and asked for "Juice, please!", this would be the last thing he would ever say. We checked him every 30mins or so until we went to bed just after midnight and he appeared to be sleeping comfortably, we were concerned about him as he was obviously weak from vomitting and not eating for 12 hours, but there were no other symptoms so we decided it was ok to go to sleep. How wrong we were. 

 

Our nightmare began at 3am when we heard him moaning and rushed through to find him cold, unresponsive and purple from head to foot. We rushed straight to hospital, never left his side and watched helpless as the doctors and nurses desperately worked on him for nearly 90 minutes. They were unable to save him. He died less than 18 hours after his first symptom.

 

We now must deal with the misery, pain and guilt that we sat with our beautiful boy all day oblivious to the deadly disease destroying him. It is vital that more people are aware of just how quick meningiccocal septicaemia can kill with no warning until it is too late. Don't assume you have tomorrow. And doctors need to trust parent's instincts regarding the health of their children. We didn't phone for advice that day since it was the weekend and we have previously taken Leo to the doctors with much more extreme temperature and been sent home with the advice - give calpol and calprofen and come back if it gets worse. We thought that if he was worse on Sunday or still poorly on Monday we would go to the GP then. We were told by Leo's consultant that if we had brought him in that day it is very likely that we would have been sent home with this same advice. We stayed away, and now our wonderful wee boy is gone forever and we are unable to contemplate life without him.

 

The Meningitis Research Foundation funds research into new methods of prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, supports those affected by the disease through their helpline, befriending scheme and membership and raises awareness of the diseases through a range of resources for the public and health professionals.

 

                    This page is to allow us to tell our tragic story but if you feel that you do wish to donate, thank you so much. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails and it is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - more money is raised, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

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                    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 156

                    In memory of Leo. xxx

                    Donation by Susan on 14/02/15

                    Donation by Anonymous on 14/02/15

                    Raised from our Target Football at The Lincoln Festival

                    Donation by Anonymous on 26/06/14

                    With love. xxx

                    Donation by Susan on 04/04/14

                    Donation by Anonymous on 13/03/14

                    Happy Birthday Leo

                    Donation by Anonymous on 31/05/13

                    Happy Birthday Leo. Love Aunty Rachy xxxx

                    Donation by Anonymous on 31/05/13

                    Thinking of you all. With love, Susan

                    Donation by Susan Lennie on 14/02/13

                    Always in our hearts and our memories. Love to you all xx

                    Donation by Aunty Rach x on 14/02/13

                    Thinking of you all today and every day. Lots of Love from The Bakers xx

                    Donation by Amanda Baker on 14/02/13

                    Linda, Paul and Sam, You are always in our thoughts. xx

                    Donation by Ruth, Dave, Stephanie and Lewis on 14/02/13

                    Dear Linda, Paul and Sam, Your family and sweet Leo are remembered. I pray for much life and love still ahead. Peace & blessings x

                    Donation by Beth Sciallo on 14/02/13

                    hi linda and family..lost my sam same way..in 96..15 yrs old..sure sam has showed you life doesnt stop here..as my sam has..god bless..xxx

                    Donation by roy slade on 07/01/13

                    i dont know you but have donated due to my son suffering the same strengh of meningitis 2 years ago, thoughts are with u all xx

                    Donation by emma parkinson on 05/09/12

                    Donation by Anonymous on 26/07/12

                    Donation by Anonymous on 04/07/12

                    With love from Calvin, Amy, Karen and Brett

                    Donation by Anonymous on 31/05/12

                    Happy Birthday Leo. Love Auntie Tracey, Uncle Pete, Louis, Maisie and Edward

                    Donation by Anonymous on 31/05/12

                    Always in our thoughts.

                    Donation by The Donnelly family on 15/02/12

                    Always in our hearts xxxxx

                    Donation by Rachel Hanson on 23/01/12

                    Happy 4th Birthday Leo. Love from mummy, daddy and sam.

                    Donation by Linda Good on 31/05/11

                    Happy Birthday Leo. In our hearts forever. Lots of love and hugs Auntie Tracey, Uncle Pete, Louis, Maisie and Edward.

                    Donation by TRACEY RUddock on 30/05/11

                    Donation by Martin Brogan on 18/03/11

                    Donation by Bim Beeeam on 06/03/11

                    In memory of Leo, raised from book sale at Glasgow Caledonian University.

                    Donation by Sonya Perry on 18/02/11

                    Donation summary

                    • * Online donations£6,802.00
                    • Offline donations£0.00
                    • Text donations£0.00
                    • Total raised£6,802.00
                    • Gift Aid£1,387.17

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