Football team advice saves boy’s life

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A LITTLE boy’s life was saved from meningitis after his grandad bumped into a football team sporting Meningitis UK’s logo.

The grandad, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was walking his dog when he spotted Yorkshire Terrier Athletic preparing for a game at Herringthorpe Stadium in Rotherham.

The team sport Meningitis UK’s logo in memory of member John Wilks’ brother Stephen, who died of meningitis aged four 20 years ago.

The eagle-eyed grandad quizzed players Daniel Gill and Steve Nixon on why they wear the logo and the brain bug’s symptoms.

The duo informed the grandad and alarm bells started ringing in his mind about his ill seven-year-old grandson.

He dashed to his grandson’s home armed with the information and suspecting meningitis, and the boy was rushed to hospital. Doctors diagnosed bacterial meningitis, which is often deadly and requires urgent medical attention, in the nick of time.

The grandad ‘shudders to think what would be’ had he not decided to speak to the players and act when he did.

By way of appreciation, he will send the team a thank you card and make a donation to Meningitis UK.

John, aged 27, of Dalton, Rotherham – whose wife Jodie, also 27, has fully recovered after battling viral meningitis for a month in Rotherham Hospital – said: “The team proudly wears Meningitis UK’s logo and hands out symptoms cards after every game to spread awareness.

“It’s amazing to hear after the grandad spoke to the team he rushed his grandson to hospital just in time. The team is buzzing after hearing the news. They are so thrilled to hear he is getting better.”