“IF we hadn’t acted quickly enough, I think my son would have died.”
These are the words of a Wrexham mother whose son had a brush with death after a rapid onset of meningitis septicaemia.
On September 22, five-year-old Jaydyn Bramwell was rushed to hospital after his mum, Lisa, found him lying in bed – at their Cefndre home in Caia Park – with his legs covered in spots.
On arrival at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Jaydyn went straight to the children’s ward.
He was treated immediately for meningitis, which can kill in a matter of hours.
Lisa, 29, who also has a nine-year-old son, Harley, said it was “touch and go” if Jaydyn would survive but praised doctors at the hospital for saving his life.
“Jaydyn woke up and said he had a headache and his legs were aching so I put him to bed rather than going to school”, she said. “I checked on him later. When I pulled back the duvet his legs were covered in red spots. It was so scary.”
At the Maelor, Jaydyn was seen by the triage nurse who performed treatment for meningitis septicaemia, the most severe form of the disease.
“If we hadn’t rushed him to hospital and if they hadn’t acted so quickly, I think my son would have died,” said Lisa. “It was touch and go for ages but thankfully he began to pick up. Jaydyn has had a lucky escape and we are so thankful to the hospital staff who saved his life. They were unbelievable.”
To add to the drama, Jaydyn’s father, Dwayne Williams, 24, was on a training exercise with the British Army in Kenya at the time.
Lisa had to call Dwayne’s Sergeant Major to tell him what had happened and he flew straight out of Mombasa on an emergency flight to be next to his son’s bedside.
Lisa said Jaydyn’s rapid recovery has surprised everyone and thanked everyone who had helped the family during their “week of worry”.
“We all can’t believe how well he progressed and the nurses were delighted. They were brilliant with Jaydyn as were all our family and friends, especially my mum, Ceri, and nain, June, who looked after Harley throughout the ordeal.
“All their support has been fantastic. Thankfully Jaydyn’s tests since he has been home have come back grand. He’s going to be alright. We are just glad to have him back.”
Lisa also praised Jaydyn’s school, Gwenfro Community Primary, after they brought him colouring books and activities to do in hospital and a card signed by all his classmates.
Jaydyn returned to school just three weeks after his illness. Jan Ashford, Gwenfro headteacher, said: “It was a shock to everyone and we were all very concerned. But it is brilliant having him back and seeing his lovely smile once more.”