A woman who lost her husband to meningitis only to find out the day after that she was pregnant with his child is speaking out to warn others about the dangerous disease.
Georgia Elms, who lives in Harborough with her daughters Scarlett (6) and Daisy (8), lost her husband Jonathan to meningitis in 2006.
She told the Mail: “My husband Jonathan contracted pneumococcal meningitis in 2006 at the age of 38-years-old and sadly he died.
“He had been suffering from tonsillitis and went to bed as normal. He woke me in the middle of the night and was delirious and vomiting.
“I called an ambulance and they rushed him to hospital.
“They had to sedate him but he never came round and died four hours after arriving at the hospital.”
Georgia, who spoke out as part of Meningitis Awareness Week, added: “The tragedy of it all was that I was pregnant with our second child and only found out after he had died.
“I had to be given antibiotics against pneumococcal meningitis.”
Georgia warned that although individuals think meningitis can only happen to young people, it can actually happen to anyone and the consequences can include the loss of limbs, sight, hearing and – as she knows only too well – death.
She warned people that if they have any suspicion they have the disease, they should call an ambulance.
Georgia added: “Meningitis and septicaemia are diseases you never expect to happen, but when they strike they can be devastating not just for the person who falls sick, but for all their loved ones, family and friends.”
She called on teenagers and parents to be particularly vigilant as babies and students are more susceptible.
For more information about meningitis, visit the website www.meningitis.org .