In October 2007, our son who was 6 months old at the time was rushed to Intensive Care after developing Bacterial Pneumococcal Meningitis. Following a lumbar puncture and CT scan he spent the next 3 days in Intensive Care. We were initially informed on day one at 3 am shortly after treatment had commenced that he was in a critical condition and his prognosis would depend on his response to the treatment. The team at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge were amazing and thankfully he pulled through.
Oliver is now 7 years old and attends Little Thetford Primary School, and is thriving thanks to the supportive teachers. He has a strong sense of right and wrong, and was diagnosed as having an autistic spectrum disorder over 2 years ago. Despite the challenges we cherish every day and we realize how fortunate Oliver is to have survived the illness, and just wanted to thank the Meningitis Research Foundation, family, friends and everyone who has supported us over the years.
The run was a huge achievement for Oliver; at the start of the run he refused to stand with everyone else because it was too crowded and noisy, and he needed lots of reassurance to complete the run, but he did amazingly well and we are so proud.