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Couple back World Meningitis Day in honour of baby Rubie

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25 APR

Couple back World Meningitis Day in honour of baby Rubie

By timesecholife on in All News, Featured News

A COUPLE who lost their baby daughter to meningitis backed World Meningitis Day earlier this week (Wednesday, April 24). Russ and Kerry Fisher are sharing their heart-breaking story as part of an international drive to raise awareness of the illness and the bravery of those affected by it. The couple have been staunch supporters of charity Meningitis Now since Rubie sadly died in 2015.

World Meningitis Day focuses on ‘Life After Meningitis’ and is an initiative of the worldwide Confederation of Meningitis Organisations.

The couple are supporting the worldwide day of action in a bid to highlight the dangers of the disease and show the impact it can have.

Kerry said:“By telling our story, raising awareness of the signs and symptoms and increasing vaccine knowledge, we can raise the profile of this devastating disease.

“Meningitis can wreck lives and it’s vital that everybody understands how serious it can be for individuals and families. That’s why we’re supporting World Meningitis Day.”

Russ and Kerry’s daughter Rubie was just six-weeks-old when she lost her life to bacterial meningitis.

Russ said: “Life has changed forever. You can’t put it into words – we were just lost.

“If you haven’t lost a child, it is a pain that is unexplainable. You never get over it. You never stop hurting.

“You may learn to cope with it better over time but you never forget. Rubie will always be a part of our lives.”

Rubie developed what was at first thought to be a cold. By the next morning she had become cold and limp, and her breathing was shallow. She was taken quickly to hospital but, despite a brave fight, Rubie lost her life.

Russ added: “We discovered she had bacterial meningitis, with no rash and no typical symptoms. Her short life was taken in just five hours.

“Meningitis Now has been there for us and helped us keep going through these difficult days.”

There are an estimated 22 cases of meningitis each day across the UK. The disease can strike in hours, but the after-effects including deafness, limb loss and brain damage, can last a lifetime. Those who lose a loved one to the disease have their lives changed forever.

Meningitis Now is keen to use World Meningitis Day to promote its range of support services, including its recently-launched Rebuilding Futures Fund, which provides financial, practical and emotional support for people of all ages affected by meningitis.

The charity’s chief executive Dr Tom Nutt, said: “We know that life after meningitis is tough for many people and we want to use World Meningitis Day to showcase the bravery of meningitis survivors and those who have lost a loved one.

“On World Meningitis Day, as on every other day, we are here to help and support those who need us.”

“We’re not about quick fixes; we’re here to provide tailored support with long-term impact, that will really help people and families to rebuild their lives after meningitis.

“We’re proud to provide this unique, life-changing support – the only meningitis organisation to do so in the UK.”

Other charity support activity includes its popular Family Days – regional fun days out for families affected by meningitis – and the Believe & Achieve programme especially for young people.

Meningitis Now is also launching its first Facebook Donate online fundraiser on World Meningitis Day to help fundraise for that support and calling on the public to contribute if they’re able and make a difference for those impacted by meningitis in the future.

Visit for details.

Anyone affected by meningitis or who would like more information can visit or contact the Meningitis Now helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or

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