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Go Team Stone!

Go Team Stone!

03 February 2014

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) member Lisa Zsentko from Hitchin is heading a team of over 20 runners - 'Team Stone' - in this year’s Great North Run in aid of  MRF.

Lisa has taken on this challenge as her son, Stone, contracted pneumococcal meningitis in October 2012 when he was 12 months old and has been left with life altering after effects.

On the day Stone fell ill, Lisa had taken him to the doctors but was sent home and his condition quickly deteriorated.

Lisa said: “My partner was keeping an eye on Stone, but after a short time he started yelling for me and shouting that something was wrong. Stone was fitting, so we rang for an ambulance. We were taken to St Mary's in London where Stone was kept in an induced coma for three days. We were then told he had pneumococcal meningitis, and that he needed a scan to see if the lack of oxygen had caused any damage to his brain.

“We couldn't believe what was happening. The nurses said he was unlikely to survive” Lisa added. “After 14 days I took my boy home. I was terrified. He has since learnt to eat and drink, and to laugh again. Severe brain damage and cerebral palsy will always affect Stone, but he is a strong little boy full of courage and determination. I'm very proud to say we are getting there.” Lisa went on to say.

MRF Membership Team have offered Lisa advice and support since she got in touch.

Since Stone’s recovery Lisa has been raising awareness of meningitis and now has over 6,000 followers on her facebook page, set up to share Stone’s development with severe brain damage. You can read about Stone’s progress on: 

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Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF, said: “We are extremely grateful to Lisa for taking on the Great North Run and gathering a team of runners as well as being a full time carer to Stone who has sadly been left with terrible after effects as a result of contracting pneumococcal meningitis. We really do rely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia. Every penny raised through Team Stone will make a huge difference and enable us to continue our work.”