Comment on Tragic Case of Izzy Gentry
17 March 2017
At the inquest into the death of 16 year old Izzy Gentry from meningococcal B meningitis, the coroner today gave a conclusion of natural cause of death contributed to by neglect.
Vinny Smith, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) said, “This was a tragic example of what happens when meningitis and septicaemia are not recognised and treated quickly enough.
We are deeply saddened by what happened to Izzy and the thoughts and condolences of everyone at Meningitis Research Foundation are with Izzy’s family and friends.
It is because of cases such as Izzy’s that MRF has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of meningitis and septicaemia, and for vaccines to protect vulnerable children and teenagers from these deadly infections. We publish guidelines and educational materials for health professionals to help them recognise the illness and deliver life-saving treatment.
We will continue to raise awareness and fund research to make tragedies like this a thing of the past.”
Anyone with questions about meningitis and septicaemia can call the free helpline on: 080 8800 3344
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