Mother suffers 16 miscarriages, only to lose her 'miracle baby' to meningitis
A mother went through 16 miscarriages before having her 'miracle baby.' But sadly, her daughter died after a bout of meningitis. Source: PA Life, Metro.uk, Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved: Oct 30, 2016
We read this heartbreaking story about a mum who had suffered 16 miscarriages before, lost her ‘miracle child’ to meningitis in 14 hours.
She suffered four cardiac arrests
Baby Fleur-Rose Allen was born two-and-a-half months premature. However, she was still a blessing to her family as her mother, Lizzie Allen, suffered 16 miscarriages over the span of 6 years before giving birth to her. Sadly, their joy was short-lived.
Her mother initially thought that she had a fever so she gave her calpol. When her fever failed to go down, they immediately rushed her to the hospital for treatment.
There, baby Fleur-Rose seemed to be better. She was even playing with her toys despite having a hard time eating. Her mom shares, “At lunchtime she was cheerful, but actually she was being killed from the inside out.”
Her mother then noticed a small rash on her baby’s neck, which was a sign of meningitis. Doctors immediately gave her antibiotics to combat the meningitis, but sadly she died within five hours after suffering four cardiac arrests.
I want people to remember her
Despite her loss, Lizzie is doing her best to not let her daughter die in vain. She has raised over £12,000 for Meningitis Now in Baby Fleur-Rose’s name.
‘I want people to remember her,” she shares.
Lizzie adds, “Time after time, I experienced heartbreak. Then, finally, she was there. My pregnancy wasn’t easy. They feared she was disabled because the scan indicated fluid round her neck.”
“She arrived early and weighed just 4lbs, but she was a miracle. Walking out of the hospital with her in my arms, I was finally a mother.”
“And then she was gone. It was heartbreaking.”
Since then, Lizzie has been actively campaigning to ensure that no parents suffer through what they went through. She wants parents to know the signs of meningitis and immediately take their babies to a hospital if they suspect that their child has a fever just to be safe.
How can I know if my baby has meningitis?
Knowing the early signs of meningitis is crucial when it comes to your baby’s health as it can mean the difference between life and death. Here are some of the signs that you should look out for:
- High fever.
- Sleepy or staring expression. Difficulty waking up.
- Shivering uncontrollably or extreme shivering.
- Cold hands and feet.
- Refusal to feed; vomiting.
- Muscle and joint pain.
The most obvious sign of meningitis would be if your child has red spots or a rash. You’ll know it’s meningitis when you try and press a clear glass tumbler against the rash and you can still clearly see the rash through the glass. This means that you should immediately seek help.
However, you should never wait to see if your baby gets the rash before taking them to the hospital. If you suspect meningitis, then you should immediately take your child to the hospital so that they can receive the appropriate care.