What followed was mayhem. They wired him up to tubes, did a lumbar puncture and pumped him full of antibiotics. They called a consultant in from another hospital (there was a nurses strike on) who I saw standing at bottom of the bed with her head in her hands, she just didn't know what to do.
Jamie's hands and feet were now cold and I couldn't hold him so stroked his little hand and talked to him.
We were called into the sisters office where we were told they thought it was bacterial Meningitis and he was critical but stable, that there was nothing they could do and Jamie was holding his own and if he made it through the night he might have a chance but that our son was very sick and had we had him baptised?
She explained what might happen if he survived the night, possible brain damage or possible loss of limbs. I didn't care, I just wanted my precious child to survive. I remember at that point feeling that our precious son might die and it was really important to get him christened and they brought in the hospital Chaplain, who performed the baptism.
Numb with shock we stayed by his bed and watched my blonde, blue eyed, fair skinned boy turn black which was caused by the septicaemia.