Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Is a Miracle Mason Has Recovered 100%; myHealth

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It Is a Miracle Mason Has Recovered 100%; myHealth

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Meningitis is a serious illness that can prove deadly. Health Reporter HELEN RAE speaks to one mum whose son made a full recovery after getting the life-threatening bug CHEEKY toddler Mason Purvis has his whole future ahead of him and is enjoying life to the full.

It is hard to believe that just over three months ago the youngster's life was almost cruelly snatched away as he was struck down with meningitis.

The brave 17-month-old was lucky to survive as medics at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) battled hard to save him.

Luckily, Mason, of Hadrian Park, Wallsend, recovered well and has no lasting damage from the life-threatening illness.

But not all are as fortunate.

Hundreds of people in the UK die from bacterial meningitis each year and those who survive can be left with complications such as deafness, blindness, memory problems, cerebral palsy and limb loss.

Not a day goes by when mum-of-one Natalie Mason, 27, doesn't think how things could have been different had it not been for the quick actions of doctors.

The hairdresser, who works at The Ministry of Hair in Whitley Bay, said: "I cannot describe how lucky I feel. It is a miracle that Mason has recovered 100% without any lasting damage.

"If he had taken unwell during the middle of the night then his illness may not have been picked up so quickly and the outcome could have been very different."

Mason had been spending the day with his doting grandparents, Karen and Dave Mason, 53 and 60 respectively, of North Shields, when he became ill.

Grandmother Karen, a senior sister at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, said: "When Mason was in the car he fell asleep and when he woke up he was not himself and he was quite miserable. My husband noticed that his bottom lip was quivering and he was really lethargic."

The Sure Start nursery pupil became increasingly unwell throughout the day and was taken to Battle Hill walk-in health centre in North Tyneside with a soaring temperature and sickness.

He was transferred to the RVI where he then developed the tell-tale rash and doctors diagnosed him with meningitis. …

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