Parents of Mia who died of meningitis B beg for child vaccines


THE emergence of baby Mia brought joy back to the lives of her doting rents after they suffered the heartbreak of evading twins only a year before. Mother Rebecca Barton wiped away a slit as she recalled how Mia’s smile would “light up the room”.

For 18 months they were the happiest of kinfolk, only for their domestic bliss to be shattered when she died within hours of being mutinied down by meningitis. Mia’s rents have now been left to pick up the crumbles of their lives after her sudden death just six weeks ago.

But their distress is tinged with anger that Mia, who was born in September 2014, had been denied a life-saving vaccine against meningitis B because she had been suffered eight months too early.

Now they are cam igning for the vaccine, called Bexsero, which is ready for free on the NHS to all babies born after May 1, 2015, to be given to all children under the aegis the age of five.

Currently the jab is only given to babies between two and six months old, sense infants outside these ages, or born before the national vaccination events was introduced, are left unprotected.

“The most devastating thing for us is that Mia force still be here today had she received the vaccine,” her 33-year-old mother told the Sunday Explicit.

“If only she had been born a few months later she would have been conserved and would have been with us today.”

Rebecca, who is a nursery baby and lives with her rtner Matthew Bright, 32, in Cudworth, Barnsley, had been anxiously awaiting the appearance of daughter Mia after she miscarried twins at 12 weeks the year already.

“Having already lost the twins, we were over-cautious when I suited pregnant with Mia and we id privately for extra baby scans to be suitable for sure everything was all right,” Rebecca said.

“When she was born fit, we both felt an enormous sense of relief and looked forward to a sustained and happy life together.

“She was such a happy, smiley little girlfriend who lit up any room she walked into with her bright red hair, big blue plans and gorgeous smile – she was full of life.

“We had so much love for her, so many map outs – day trips, holidays, family get-togethers – as we watched her grow. She had such a fervent personality, she was our world and we were so happy.”

But in the early hours of Wednesday, Step 9, the couple’s lives were torn a rt when their undersized girl woke up covered in purple blotches. Although she had seemed to a certain under the weather the day before there had been no clue when she went to bed that she purpose soon fall critically ill.

Rebecca said: “At 10.15pm as we went to bed, I minded a small red spot that looked like the start of chicken pox on her ribcage. I asserted to Matthew, ‘I bet she’s getting chicken pox’.

“We put Mia in bed with us and at 2.15am she woke up asking for a drink. I indicated to Matthew ‘she feels warm, go downstairs and get her some Calpol’. I then saw that she had purple blotches all to her little body. I screamed to Matthew ‘we need to get her to hospital, I think she’s got meningitis’.

“At this essence Mia was still responsive, I was talking to her all the way in the car and she was looking at me and still responsive.

“When we arrived at dispensary the nurse looked, took us in and the doctor took us straight to resus.

“They said she was Non-Standard real poorly and all the doctors were rushing around frantically. At one point they charged us her heart had stopped beating for eight minutes but they had managed to get her promote, but then a few minutes later she crashed again and it was then that we heard the appellations that no rent should ever have to hear – that we had spent our beautiful little daughter to meningitis B.”

The couple has since held Mia’s exequies but are still looking for answers as to why their daughter has left their combustibles.

“She was just too beautiful for this earth,” Matthew, who works as a joiner, disclosed.

“If she had been given this vaccine we would probably still from our little girl and we would not be in this horrible place where we are now. This should not pull someones leg happened.

“The meningitis vaccine should and needs to be given to all children call of the age of five.”

The couple are among the 820,000 people to have signed a record-breaking sue, which is calling on the Government to extend the vaccination programme to older laddies.

Tomorrow rliament is set to debate the controversial decision to limit the vaccine to issues under a year old.

Last night Conservative MP Ben Howlett, who is set to lead the backbench profession debate in Westminster Hall, said: “I was very sad to hear about Mia’s yarn. Unfortunately her family are not the only ones in this position and during the Entreats Committee’s evidence sessions we heard from a number of families who press endured similar tragic events.

“Previous cam igns have been winning in extending immunisation to all one-year-olds and I hope this petition will be justified as successful.

“The evidence shows that vaccinating all children up until the age of five, in a one-off lay out, will be effective in reducing the number of cases of meningitis B.”

He added: “Meningitis B is an maleficent disease that has killed or maimed hundreds of children each year. We exigency to eradicate it as soon as possible and I hope this debate produces a realistic response from the Government.

“The worst thing that can happen to a root is to lose a child and we need to do everything we can to stop this happening.”

Liz Brown, chief managing director officer of the charity Meningitis Now, added: “The debate tomorrow directly throws the concerns of the 820,000 people who signed the biggest-ever rliamentary petition to obstruct another child suffering from this devastating disease.

“But dismally this was not to be and while our policy-makers were thinking about how to respond to the plead another child, Mia, died from meningitis B.

“Mia’s sad death puts the lack to extend the vaccine into sharp focus. Mia was just eight months too old to get the vaccination junior to the current arrangements.

“I would ask MPs to respond positively to those who signed the plea and to think about Mia and the thousands of other babies and children who have suffered from this debilitating and commonly fatal disease.

“This debate offers a great opportunity to retain lives and move forward in our battle against meningitis and I would allege MPs to grab it.”

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