My mother suspected meningitis, as there had been a family history of meningitis in boys on her mother’s side of the family, including her younger brother. The doctor said that he was not sure what was wrong, but that he was sure it was not anything serious. He also said that the family history was not relevant.
Eventually Nigel was sent to Ashford Hospital on Wednesday 2 April, where he was diagnosed with viral meningitis. I was told he would be better within about a week, however Nigel deteriorated, and by Easter Sunday he was in a coma, and very poorly indeed. I was visiting him three times a day, and each time could see the change in him.
Ashford Hospital sent the police to fetch me on the Sunday evening as they did not know what else they could do for Nigel. He was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital later that evening. I travelled in the ambulance with Nigel, who was now completely unresponsive. My father met us at the hospital. The specialist who saw Nigel arranged with the MoD for my husband to be sent home, and he arrived home on Tuesday 8th. On Easter Monday Nigel was diagnosed with TB meningitis, and was being barrier nursed in an isolation ward.