A MOTHER whose little baby boy caught meningitis is supporting a campaign to help protect others from the deadly disease.
Little Jacob Bayliss was just five months old when he contracted pneumococcal meningitis and had to spend three weeks in hospital.
His mother Lynn, of North Road, Clifton, said: “He had been a little off-colour so we took him along to the doctors and saw the healthcare practitioner. She couldn’t determine what was wrong but also felt something wasn’t quite right so we were sent along to the hospital to have him checked over.”
Jacob had to have a lumbar puncture and it didn’t take long for the test results to show he had meningitis.
Mrs Bayliss said: “At no time did we ever think there was anything seriously wrong – let alone the fact it could be meningitis.
“We have never felt as helpless as parents and it was very difficult for us to understand and comprehend the seriousness of the illness.”
Jacob, who turns two on October 14, stayed in hospital for nearly three weeks and although he is now a healthy, happy little boy he has no immunity from meningitis.
Mrs Bayliss is supporting the Meningitis Research Foundation’s campaign Counting the Cost of Meningitis, which is calling on the government to push for a ‘Men B’ vaccine to help protect others from the disease, which can be fatal.
She said: “Following our experience with Jacob we wish to ensure everyone is aware of the dangers of the disease and to ensure every child is vaccinated against every type of meningitis.”
So far more than 4,000 people have signed the petition set up by the charity to give to the government. Anyone in Rugby who wants to sign the petition can do so at www.meningitis.org/sign.
To help raise money for the Meningitis Research Foundation, Mrs Bayliss is taking part in a 150-mile coast to coast bike ride across the country on April 5 next year.
She is hoping to raise £900 for the charity.
To sponsor her visit www.justgiving.com/lynn-bayliss.