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VIDEO: Heartbreak Of Cornish Mum Who Lost Baby Daughter

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6:02am 18th September 2013

A mum from Gunnislake who lost her daughter to septicaemia never thought it would happen to her family.

Little Aimee was only 9 months old when she died in 1988.

Amanda Warnett said Aimee had been a very healthy baby and suddenly became unwell. Within three days she was unconscious and put on a life-support machine. There were no antibiotics offered at the time, and by the end of the week her life-support had to be turned off.

She thinks that if it had happened now, Aimee would've had a better chance of surviving.

Amanda is supporting Meningitis Awareness Week in hope to raise awareness of the symptoms, so other families don't have to go through the same ordeal.

She said: "Its very close to my heart and any research is progression from when we lost Aimee."

She previously ran the London marathon in memory of Aimee on what would've been her 21st birthday. She raised more than three-thousand pounds for the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Instead of presents for her 50th birthday this year, Amanda asked for donations for the Research Foundation.

Meningitis and septicaemia affect ten people in the UK and Ireland every day, and can leave survivors with life-changing after effects.

Children under five and students are most at risk. From summer 2014 a 'freshers' vacination will be available to students starting university, as it can spread rapidly in halls of residence. A booster vaccine will be offered to school children aged around 14 from this month onwards.

If you are worried about meningitis or want to find out more - you can visit the website.

National Meningitis Awareness Week runs from the 16th to 22nd of September.

Symptoms of Meningitis

  • Stiff neck
  • Dislike of bright light
  • Seizure, stiff/jerky movements
  • Altered mental state/confusion
  • Headache
  • Severe lethargy
  • Severe joint/muscle pain
  • Fever, vomiting or diarrhoea

Symptoms of Septicaemia

  • Cold hands and feet
  • Leg pain
  • Abnormal skin colour
  • Rash
  • Altered mental state/confusion
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Severe lethargy
  • Severe joint/muscle pain
  • Fever, vomiting or diarrhoea

6:02am 18th September 2013

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