Tragic news of Halle O'Brien who died from meningitis and septicaemia

01 Apr 2019
Tragic news of Halle O'Brien who died from meningitis and septicaemia

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is saddened by the news of Halle O'Brien from Merseyside who died aged 19 on 27 January.

At the inquest into Halle’s death, the Coroner concluded that she died from Group A Streptococcal septicaemia, which had caused meningitis.

In the Liverpool Echo her family said, “She was a rare combination of beauty and brains, however she was humble to it all.”

Cat Keeling, Support Manager at MRF said, “We were saddened to learn of the death of Halle and our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends.

Group A Streptococcus bacteria commonly cause mild throat, skin, ear and sinus infections in both adults and children. More rarely these bacteria cause serious disease such as pneumonia, septicaemia or sepsis and meningitis.

“There is a MenACWY vaccine available for teenagers and first year university students protecting them against four deadly types of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. However, Group A streptococcal is a different cause of meningitis and septicaemia.

“We encourage everyone to take up the offer of the vaccines that are included in routine immunisation schedules to protect themselves and their families. As there are not yet vaccines available to prevent all forms of the disease it is vital that people are aware of the symptoms.”


The MRF Membership and Support team are here for you for any questions you might have about meningitis and septicaemia and their effects on you or your family and friends.

MRF’s helpline hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Tel: UK 080 8800 3344/Ireland 1800 41 33 44

Media contact
Holly Edwards - Communications Manager
Tel: 07875 498 047
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