A mother who lost her two-year-old daughter to meningitis has shared an image taken before her death to boost support for a campaign to make vaccines available to all children on the NHS.
Faye Burdett, from Maidstone, Kent, died on Valentine’s Day after she contracted meningitis B.
After battling the infection for 11 days, her family made the heart-breaking decision to let her pass away without further invasive interventions.
Several photographs of Faye, including one taken of her lying in a hospital bed, have been widely circulated on social media.
Her family hopes the images will inspire people sign the petition asking the Government to roll out the meningitis B vaccine to all children in the UK.
Meningitis B petition
In September 2016, a meningitis B vaccine was made available on the NHS for babies. However, the parents of older children must pay privately if they wish for them to be vaccinated.
So far more than 638,000 people have signed a petition calling for the NHS vaccination programme to be extended to protect more children.
“All children are at risk from this terrible infection,” said Faye’s mum, Jenny. “There needs to be a rollout programme to vaccinate all children, at least up to age 11.”
England rugby world cup champion, Matt Dawson, has also urged his Twitter followers to sign the petition. His plea comes after his own revelation that his two-year-old son has been fighting meningitis C.
The Question of Sport team captain posted a tweet last Wednesday stating that his family had been through “2 weeks of hell.” His little boy is now recovering at home.
To sign the meningitis B petition visit: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/108072
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