Ipswich: Corey is living proof that research is vital

A FAMILY who almost lost their son to a strain of meningitis have emphasised the importance of research into the infection ahead of World Meningitis Day tomorrow.

Corey Taylor contracted menningcoccal septicaemia and was minutes away from death in July 2010.

His life was saved by quick-thinking doctors at Ipswich Hospital who speedily administered drugs and transported him to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

However, the six-year-old is still recovering from the infection almost one year on from his ordeal and his parents Paul and Charlene Taylor of Crofton Road are now devising fundraising plans so that they can contribute to meningitis research.

Mr Taylor said: “It is so important study into this continues because a lot of people have not been as fortunate as us.

“Our son survived and we are very lucky. Many children die from a strain of meningitis and it is devastating.”

Meningitis Research Foundation, Meningitis UK and the Meningitis Trust have teamed up for World Meningitis Day to raise awareness of the benefits of vaccinating all children against the disease.

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Around 300 people die from the disease each year and six families a week face the devastation of losing a loved-one.

The Taylor family are hoping to action their fundraising plans later this year. To get involved contact the family on 01473 425621 or email paul.taylor189@ntlworld.com.