Posted: 2 November, 2016
by Emma Charlton
A Grandmother’s Plea To Educate About Deadly Disease
A very sad update this afternoon, Charlie, the 16-month-old toddler has lost his battle against meningococcal, dying at the Women's and Children's Hospital.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the whole family.
We're being urged to learn more about the ‘cruel and ugly disease’ Meningococcal.
The Grandmother of a 16 month old boy fighting for life in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital has taken to facebook to share her family’s story with South Aussies.
Doctors treating the boy say if it wasn't for quick thinking by his mother to seek advice from specialists on two occasions, he may already be dead.
Charlie fell ill on Monday with symptoms including vomiting and a few red dots appearing on his body.
His condition has since got severely worse with a distinctive red and purple rash all over his body.
He remains on life support in hospital and will likely lose his right leg and arm because of the tissue damage caused by the infection his grandmother said.
His family has asked for everyone’s prayers and not to send money.
‘Charlie is the happiest most well behaved little man that lights up everyone's face who meets him so let's keep the prayers going strong and help him get the strength he needs to survive’ she said.
There have been 21 cases of the disease reported in SA so far this year compared to 27 in 2015.