Caroline, our Medical Information Officer for Ireland, attended the launch of the ‘Tackle Meningitis’ Awareness campaign in Dublin today with Ireland rugby captain Rory Best and former England rugby player and TV personality, Matt Dawson.
Matt’s three-year old son Sami contracted meningitis and remained critically ill on a life-support machine for two weeks however thankfully he made a good recovery. Since then Matt has dedicated himself to the cause of raising awareness of a disease that almost robbed him of his young son.
The Tackle Meningitis campaign aims to increase understanding of the disease, its symptoms and the fact that there are different strains of meningitis that can affect both children and young people, using the influence of sport to reach as many people as possible.
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