At the hospital the doctor examined him and called an ambulance straight away. William was diagnosed with meningitis, but he was too ill for a lumbar puncture, so was treated for both bacterial and viral meningitis.
He was in a High Dependency Unit for 24 hours, with hourly observations. I will always remember him calling out, sounding terrified, like he was having bad dreams. We couldn't console him. Without a doubt it was the worst time of our life.
After he was stabilised William was moved out of HDU. I stayed in hospital with him for a week. During that week William recovered enough to have a lumbar puncture and it was found that he had pneumococcal meningitis.