Jenny and Neil Burdett allowed their friend Charlene Reed to post the photos of their 2-year-old daughter, Faye, featured in the above video, after the toddler died of meningitis on Valentine’s Day. The Burdetts asked Reed and others to share the images of their daughter, who battled the disease for two weeks, in order to spread awareness about vaccination.
The meningitis B vaccine is recommended for babies aged two months, followed by a second dose at four months, and a booster at 12 months. As of September 2015, the shot became available through the National Health Service in the U.K. to children born after June 2015, but parents of children born earlier, like Faye, still have to pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine.
“No, it’s not nice, but it’s reality, and it’s what this disease did to Faye which made her sadly lose her life on Sunday,” Reed wrote in her Facebook post, calling for followers to sign and share a petition that calls on the U.K. government to cover vaccination all children against meningitis B, not just newborns.
Reed also included the parents’ account of the tragedy: “We were given a 1% survival chance but she proved them wrong and carried on fighting. After a few days she seemed to have turned a corner, but the sepsis started to affect her more and the decision of limb removal was made. The extent of removal was massive, full leg amputation and one arm and plastic surgery. She was getting tired, her little body consumed by meningitis and sepsis (blood poisoning). We had to make the decision, a massive operation and she may die or we let her go peacefully on her own accord. We decided the latter and then watched our little girl slip away.”
Her post has over 128,000 shares.