On 17 February 2009 our seven-year-old daughter, Megan, was diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia.
Monday 16 February was the first day of the half term holiday. I had been working, my son, Jack, had been to nursery and Megan had been at her Nanan's. Megan had been absolutely fine all day - eaten all her meals and had two school friends to play for a few hours.
I collected Megan from my mum's on my way home from work at about 5.30pm and she was still her usual self. At approximately 7pm I got her ready for bed and it was at this time that she started with severe shivering, teeth chattering and felt 'a bit off'. Thinking she was coming down with something, and as I felt quite tired also, I went to bed early and took her into bed with me.
Later that night she woke up and vomited quite severely, however, she then seemed to come round a bit so I put her in the shower and then back in her own bed. At about 4am she woke up moaning with a temperature, staring at the walls, was unresponsive and was also breathing a little heavier than usual. I noticed she had a small bruise under her arm but, as at one point I had got hold of her under her arms to pull her further up the bed, I thought that I may have just grabbed hold of her a little too tightly and bruised her. I also put on the light in her bedroom but she tolerated this.