Welsh Man To Cycle To Raise Money For Meningitis Research

by Gopalan on  June 21, 2009 at 1:46 PM Child Health News   - G J E 4
 Welsh Man To Cycle To Raise Money For Meningitis Research
A Welsh man is to cycle 50 miles to raise money for meningitis research. The disease had nearly killed his son.

Seven-year-old Harry Baker was struck down by meningitis while on holiday on the Gower last summer.

Now his dad Peter, from Llanrumney, Cardiff, and 10 friends hope to raise Ģ2,000 by cycling along the Taff Trail from the capital to Brecon on August 1.

Peter's wife Emma was at their holiday caravan with Harry and his brother Alfie, six, when Harry fell ill.

Peter, 36, who stayed home running their Phab Floors business, said: "Harry was moaning a bit about having a funny tummy so Emma lifted his top up.

"She was shocked to see a rash developing. Alarm bells started ringing so she rushed him to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

"Harry was really lifeless when I arrived. His eyes were rolling back in his head. It was terrible.

"They decided to transfer him to Singleton Hospital. Thankfully Harry received amazing care and his condition began to improve."

Harry was diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia but fully recovered after a week in hospital.

Peter hopes his fundraising efforts will help protect children in the future.

He said: "Meningitis is such a devastating disease and I realise just how lucky we are to have a happy and healthy seven-year-old."

All the money raised will go to Meningitis UK's Search 4 a Vaccine Campaign, South Wales Echo reported.

It aims to raise Ģ7m to fund research into developing a vaccine against Meningitis B.

Source: Medindia

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