As the day went on Lauren got worse, was terribly sick, had a high temperature and was struggling to stand on her feet. This immediately rang alarm bells, as it was something I had been worrying about all day. I called the surgery back and was told the doctor was busy and it would be at least an hour before he could get to me, so I told the receptionist that I would take Lauren to hospital, as there was something seriously wrong with my daughter. The receptionist changed her tune then and said she would get the doctor out as soon as possible, but I said no because I didn’t want to wait.
We wrapped Lauren in a blanket and took her to Northampton General Hospital where she was admitted immediately. When we left home there was not a mark on Lauren’s body but in the 10 minutes it took us to drive to the hospital Lauren’s body was covered in a rash. The doctor gave her an injection of antibiotics, then all hell broke loose. Lauren became very seriously ill – she had contracted meningococcal septicaemia.
She was rushed to the children’s ward after many tests and two hours later they contacted St Mary’s Hospital in London where Professor Levin consulted with the staff at Northampton. They sent a retrieval team – which was headed by Prof Levin – to Northampton. They worked on Lauren for five hours before she was stable enough to be taken by express ambulance to London, at 8am on a busy Monday morning. I was not allowed to go with Lauren so had to follow by car, what a horrendous journey it was.