Baby Loses Legs and Arm in Meningitis Nightmare

  1. theirishobserver. profile image60
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    An identical twin baby boy has lost both his legs and an arm after contracting meningitis.

    Healthy Richard and Jayden Hunter went to bed as usual one night, but within hours, Richard was fighting for his life.

    Medical staff were forced to amputate the 11-month-old's limbs in a desperate bid to save him.

    His mother, Ashleigh Wilkinson has revealed her son's life or death battle with the killer disease to raise awareness of how quickly it strikes.
    Richard has had to undergo numerous operations as a result of contracting meningococcal septicaemia in, an extremely severe form of meningitis.

    He was rushed to Hospital in the early hours of as a tell-tale rash began to spread over his body and Ms Wilkinson,18, was told to brace herself for the worst.

    She said: 'He was eating cake and was being his normal little self before we put him to bed.'

    The young mother from had already been through an ordeal as Richard and Jayden were born three months premature and had been in and out of hospital with numerous chest infections.

    She said: 'He was completely unrecognisable, he looked like he was black and blue because of the bad blood running through him.

    She said: 'I woke up because he used to cry a lot through the night and he hadn't that night.

    'I looked at him and saw loads of spots and I just started running around the house shouting.

    'I could not stay calm at all. We were just trying to get him to stay awake.

    'We thought he was teething so we had given him teething powder to help him before putting him down to bed.

    Brave: Baby Richard hopes to be home in time for Christmas.
    'It's a good thing I woke up when I did. I was hysterical, it was just so quick.

    'If it had been during the day we would have noticed him getting worse and taken him to hospital straight way,' Ms Geul added.

    'We had him and Jayden baptised and everybody just talked to him to help and we prayed. I have never prayed so much in my life,' said Ms Geul.

    'They said if he survived he would probably need to get limbs amputated and I just told them to try anything to help him,' Ms Wilkinson said.

    'If your baby has a temperature or any symptoms, take them to the doctor.

    'If people can catch it early it might help


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)