A 13-year-old girl from Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, Maisie Dicks, tragically died from meningitis and septicaemia on New Year's Day. The thoughts and condolences of everyone at Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) are with Maisie’s family and friends.
Maisie’s mother, Sharon Stokes, is bravely sharing her story so that more parents are aware of meningitis symptoms so they don't have to experience the same heartbreak.
Rob Dawson, Director of Support at MRF said, “We are saddened to learn of the death of Maisie and we’re here to support anyone affected.
“Sadly we see more people affected by meningitis and septicaemia during winter, particularly around Christmas. This is thought to be due to the bacteria being able to invade the body more easily via the nose and throat at this time of year due to co-infection with flu virus, and because the bacteria can spread more rapidly when people spend longer periods indoors in close proximity.
“Teenagers are one of the higher risk age groups for meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal bacteria. We encourage everyone to take up the offer of the vaccines that are included in the routine immunisation schedule to protect themselves and their families. However, there are not yet vaccines available to prevent all forms of the disease so it is vital that people are aware of the symptoms.”