Sheffield MP campaigns to keep killer bug in the public eye

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield
Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield
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SHEFFIELD Central MP Paul Blomfield has given his backing to a national meningitis awareness campaign – after meeting a young man who nearly died from the disease as a baby.

Mr Blomfield met 20-year-old Sheffield University student Oliver Grant, who contracted bacterial meningitis when he was just 10 weeks old.

The get-together was to highlight Meningitis Matters, a new drive by the Meningitis Research Foundation to ensure that tackling the disease remains a top priority while current NHS reforms are introduced.

Also at the meeting at the Houses of Parliament was Oliver’s father Grant, who recalled how his son was diagnosed by an alert trainee doctor.

“My wife realised that Oliver was unwell and in distress during the night as he had unusual high pitched wail,” Grant said.

“She took him to the doctors the following morning and a sharp-minded trainee doctor picked up the symptoms and suggested we go straight to hospital.

“The first 24 hours were touch-and-go and we then spent 10 days in isolation but luckily he pulled through with no after-effects.

“We are backing the Meningitis Matters campaign to ensure other children in the UK don’t have to face what we have been through.”

Mr Blomfield added: “Meningitis hasn’t gone away - it still kills far too many children and leaves many more with lifelong disabilities.”