A baby boy died of meningitis a week before his first birthday. Little Kylo’s heartbroken mum and dad are now urging other parents to be aware of the symptoms of the disease.
Kim and Dan Hubble are being supported by friends who are raising awareness and funds in memory of Kylo, from Torquay, DevonLive reports. A fundraising page and a charity run have been organised to support the family.
The GoFundMe page has been set up by Shelly White, a family friend, that has raised more than £6,000 so far.
Shelley said: “When I heard of their absolute heartbreak of Kylos passing through meningitis just days before his first birthday, I just wanted to help and support Kim and Daniel in some way. Kim has given me permission to help and support them and help raise funds to give Kylo the best send off to paradise he could have.
“No parent should ever go through this heartbreak! We are all sending you both so much love and support at this time. We as a community need to pull together and support them as much as we can at this painful time!”
Close friend Brad Warren is helping to organise a 10k charity run from the Princess Theatre on Torquay seafront on Sunday, May 15 at 1pm.
Anybody who wants to take part is asked to come along and wear blue in the baby boy’s memory. Runners and anybody else who wants to joint the memorial are asked to bring a blue balloon to release as the run begins.
Kylo’s parents have also asked for information to be shared about the deadly nature of meningitis which has a sudden onset, and can cause serious health problems, or even death, within 24 hours if not spotted and treated.
Symptoms of meningitis develop suddenly and can include:
- a high temperature (fever)
- being sick
- a headache
- a rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it (but a rash will not always develop)
- a stiff neck
- a dislike of bright lights
- drowsiness or unresponsiveness
- seizures (fits)
NHS advice on when to get medical help:
You should get medical advice as soon as possible if you’re concerned that you or your child could have meningitis. Trust your instincts and do not wait until a rash develops.
Call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest A&E immediately if you think you or your child might be seriously ill. Call NHS 111 or your GP surgery for advice if you’re not sure if it’s anything serious or you think you may have been exposed to someone with meningitis.