I kept getting him to bend his chin to his chest, look at lights, check for a rash. He kept saying "look mum I can bend my neck down". However, instinct told me not to leave him alone that night, even though the classic symptoms were not showing at this time. He became drowsy so I telephoned the doctor on call and they said they would make a call later. I emphasised I thought he needed to be examined.
Within an hour I noticed a red/purple rash on Kevin's wrist and ankles. I dialled 999 for an ambulance, which arrived very quickly. The paramedics were very professional and told Tom and I they were taking Kevin to Wexham Park Hospital, Slough. We telephoned our daughter Tracey and she met us at the hospital.
I have to add at this point the doctors and nurses in A&E never left Kevin's side and each step of his treatment was fully explained to Tom and myself. They had to do a lumbar puncture to see if it was meningitis, and if so, what strain. It was confirmed as one of the worst - meningococcal septicaemia.
The shock of seeing Kevin wired to a ventilator and many other monitors was equal to seeing how the meningitis rash had spread over his body. He was now unconscious and the doctors explained his organs were shutting down and he needed an intensive care bed urgently.
They explained they did not want to transfer him to another hospital as he was seriously ill. A bed was opened up for Kevin in ITU Wexham Park and I feel sure the time saved treating him so quickly was a contributing factor to Kevin's recovery in the weeks to follow.
He was in a coma for nearly a week. During that time his dad Tom, sister Tracey and I would sit talking to him as we were told by ITU staff in many cases hearing is not completely lost. He was given antibiotics to kill the septicaemia.