Sofia Freeman-Kinsey was born in April last year and at seven-months-old she nearly died from meningitis because she was ten days too old to the vaccination according to government rules.
The vaccinations were given to all children born from May 1st onwards so Sofia missed out by ten days.
Her mother, Sarah discovered a purple patch on Sofia’s chest and noticed she was whimpering.
The mum instantly knew it was meningitis and phoned immediately for an ambulance which brought Sofia straight to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Thankfully, due to the hard work of paramedics and doctors, three days in intensive care and a week of antibiotics, Sofia is now back at home with her family.
Sarah now says her experience proves more children need to be vaccinated and not just babies under 12-months as it is currently exclusively available to.
Having checked with the doctors who saved her daughter, Sarah heard that if Sofia had received the vaccination it would have prevented this from happening.
We’ve included a list of possible symptoms the Meningitis Research Foundation says to look out for.
- Fever and/or vomiting
- Severe headache
- Rash (anywhere on the body)
- Stiff neck (less common in young children)
- Dislike of bright lights
- Very sleepy/difficult to wake