A FAMILY whose lives changed forever when baby William Fraser died aged 19 days is appealing for people to join in on a walk in his memory.
The Fraser family, from Sarisbury Green, hold a fundraising walk every year in memory of William.
William was born a healthy 8lb 8oz but tragically died of pneumococcal disease at just 19 days in November 2011.
Mum Amy said: ‘The doctors and nurses fought incredibly hard, but our prayers were not rewarded.’
Amy, 30, and husband Richard, 26, grew increasingly anxious and called a doctor to their home after five days.
Amy said: ‘It was terrible, I felt that people just thought I was a neurotic mum, but I had a gut feeling.’
William became rigid at one week old, so he was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
Within 30 minutes of arriving, the newborn was rushed for a lumbar puncture and soon after Amy and Richard were told it was meningitis.
William quickly deteriorated and suffered seizures.
He was then transferred to Southampton General Hospital, where a scan revealed he had extensive brain damage.
Amy and Richard then made the heartbreaking decision to turn off William’s ventilator and their three other children, aged seven to 11, came to say their goodbyes.
After his death, William’s family and friends launched a campaign to help charity Meningitis Now eradicate the disease in his memory.
‘We can’t bring him back, so just want to help prevent this from happening to anyone else,’ said Amy.
They are hosting their latest Walking for William event on Saturday, May 17.
The couple hopes people will join the 7.5-mile event, which starts at Shore Road car park, Warsash, at 10am and finishes in Hamble.
A buffet follows at The Ferryman, Warsash, from around 1pm.
Amy said: ‘We hope as many people as possible lace up to remember William while helping to beat this horrific disease.
‘It will help raise vital awareness and funds to hopefully eradicate meningitis.’
To join the walk, call Amy on 07955 255977.