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Mum’s warning after daughter, 13, dies suddenly of meningitis on New Year’s Day

A heartbroken mum whose daughter died after contracting meningitis is urging other parents to look out for signs of the illness.

Maisy Dicks, 13, died on New Year’s Day after being found several days previous by her mum, Sharon Stokes, who described her daughter as "delirious" with "grey eyes".

Sharon, 9, later discovered tiny red spots on Maisy’s body.

The teen from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, was rushed to hospital on December 30th before being put into an induced coma on New Year’s Eve.

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However, the next day led to heartbreak when Sharon and her partner Neil, 53, were left shattered after Maisy’s organs began to fail.

Speaking to WalesOnline , Sharon said: "I thought my daughter had a bug, nothing more. I thought she would sleep it off but our lives turned into a living hell.

"Suddenly Maisy was delirious and had turned grey. She was rushed to the hospital and we were told she had meningitis..

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"I had gone home to get some fresh clothes but as soon as I walked through the front door the phone rang.

"A nurse told me I needed to get back to the hospital quickly and her voice was urgent.

"When I got back to the hospital, they said that Maisy’s heart was failing and she was given a blood transfusion."

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Sharon went on to say that medics tried desperately to save her daughter for 35 minutes, but she was pronounced dead at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales in Cardiff.

She also said that the family enjoyed Christmas together, with Maisy excited to receive a new Nintendo Wii Fit.

Sharon went on to add: "We loved Christmas in our house. We watched The Greatest Showman and ate chocolates and laughed and talked.

"But as the day went on I noticed Maisy wasn’t her usual self. She was usually full of energy but she was quiet."

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Daisy, who wanted to become a soldier when she grew up, complained of feeling sick in the days nearing her death.

Now Sharon is warning others of the dangers of the "deadly and sneaky disease".

Maisy’s meningitis had later developed into septicaemia, a serious infection in the bloodstream.

Sharon added: "My wish now is to warn others to be vigilant.

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"No one thinks they will ever lose a child. Meningitis and septicaemia are so deadly and sneaky.

"Daisy had been perfectly fine. She didn’t even have a temperature and then just like that, she was fighting for her life."

Typical meningitis symptoms include vomiting, drowsiness, fever, drowsiness, confusion, severe muscle pain, severe headache and a stiff neck.

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