Soham family wants parents to be alert to dangers of meningitis

Amelie Clipson-Smith with mum Sally,  dad Kevin  and sister Olivia in France before shewas struck down by bacterial  meningitis
Amelie Clipson-Smith with mum Sally, dad Kevin and sister Olivia in France before shewas struck down by bacterial meningitis
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The parents of a little girl who lost her life to meningitis have stressed the importance of early action on what would have been her 10th birthday today.

Three young children received life-saving transplants thanks to the little girl who tragically died in 2008.

Amelie Clipson-Smith from Soham was taken ill while her family were living in Bordeaux and despite rushing her to hospital did not survive the virulent illness.

Amelie, who was three and a half, did not present with a rash but had been suffering cold/flu like symptons. It was not until she suffered a seizure that the seriousness of her condition showed itself.

This week mum Sally Clipson urged parents to ‘follow your instincts’ as Meningitis Now releases its hard hitting film, The Fastest Hour, stressing the importance of early intervention.

Amelie’s death however enabled three other children to live as her family agreed that her organs be donated to other seriously sick children. Her heart and kidneys saved lives.

Sally said: ”That helped us through the dark times afterwards.”

Amelie’s family and friends have so far raised £12,500 for Meningitis Now and on Sunday family friend Beth Green completed the London Marathon in her memory.

Sally said: “We are trying to raise awareness about the first hour for parents to get medical attention.

“Amelie was slightly unwell and a bit sick but it was so very very fast. We woke up together and she had a seizure.

“We don’t want to panic people but it is important they trust their instincts.

“Amelie had a beautiful smile, She was kind and gentle and had just started learning French.”

The family returned to Soham in 2010 and have since then been supporting Meningitis Now through a Forever Fund in Amelie’s name. They have also staged pop up fund-raising ‘Chez Amelie’ meals at their home in Fordham Road and plan to hold another in 2016.

For more on the work of Meningitis Now go to Meningitis Now