I have always felt quite certain that she contracted the disease in the local day nursery, which was very cold one morning when I left her. I had called the attention of a member of staff to the low temperature of the place. The type of meningitis she contracted was pneumococcal meningitis.
I have always felt hugely resentful of the young locum who took no notice of my suggestion that it might be meningitis. I was a young head teacher and at least as intelligent as he was, but he treated me like an underling. Moreover, I had more than an idea that it was meningitis as my grandmother had often told me of her little daughter, Marian, who had died of the disease in 1901.
My personal story
Thanks to my mother I am still alive today. If she had not insisted on asking the doctor to come I might have died. I also owe a great deal to Dr Holzel and the staff at Booth Hall Children's Hospital, who nursed me back to health and monitored my progress.
Five years ago I decided to join the Meningitis Research Foundation as I am a survivor and wanted to help in any way I could.
Over the past four or five years I have collected many cheques from various organisations and given a few talks on meningitis to say thank you on behalf of the team for the donations which people have given.