Miracle Baby Who Arrived After 16 Miscarriages Killed By Meningitis In Just 6 Hours

“I don’t want other children to die like she did. I don’t want other parents to suffer like we did.”

Lizzie Allen’s daughter Fleur-Rose – who was born two-and-a-half months premature following a difficult pregnancy – woke with a slight temperature and crying

A mum who overcame 16 miscarriages to give birth to her “miracle girl” told how it took just SIX HOURS for meningitis to kill her “perfectly healthy” daughter.

Fleur-Rose Allen died on April 4 this year, just days after she started walking for the first time.

The 15-month-old, who was born on New Year’s Eve 2014 – two-and-a-half months premature following a difficult pregnancy – woke with a slight temperature and crying.

Her mum, hairdresser Lizzie Allen, 32, thought she had a bug and gave her water and Calpol.

But hours later, after suffering four cardiac arrests, she was declared dead.

Her brave mum, in her only interview, said she wanted other parents to know how quickly meningitis can become deadly.

“Fleur-Rose was so healthy,” she recalled. “She was toddling and laughing the day before she died.

“At 1pm on the day we lost her, she was sat on her daddy Matt’s knee, grinning away.

“By 6pm she was taken to the hospital’s resuscitation department.

“At 11.04pm she was dead.”

Fleur Rose with Lizzie on her first birthday (Photo: PA Real Life)

Lizzie, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire, told how on the morning her girl died she woke with a temperature and crying.

“It was unusual, because normally she would be laughing,” said Lizzie. “She was a cheeky thing. Friendly, giggly and so well-behaved.”

Shortly afterwards, while still at home, Fleur-Rose suffered a febrile convulsion – a seizure caused by excessive heat.

Rushed to Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital by ambulance, her temperature was measured at 39 degrees Celsius – indicating a high fever.

“She was drifting in and out of consciousness, while on the way to the hospital although she had stopped fitting,” Lizzie continued. “But, on arriving, she seemed to perk up.

“She started playing with toys.”

Around lunchtime she began retching, but her oxygen levels were still 100 per cent.

At 1pm she had an X-ray on her chest, which was clear, but she still was not eating.

“She appeared healthy and was still drinking,” her mum said, remembering her daughter grinning, as she sat on her 34-year-old dad’s lap.

“I remember saying at teatime, ‘Shall we try her with some food.

“She had one mouthful of mashed potato.”

It was at this point that Lizzie noticed a slight red blotch on Fleur-Rose’s neck, which spread down it as she watched.

“I just shouted to Matt, ‘Go and get a nurse.’

“But moments later it had gone and there were only tiny pinprick marks.”

At 5.30pm Fleur-Rose was admitted to a side room.

Tragic Fleur Rose died in just six hours (Photo: PA Real Life)

“She was pale, but conscious and crying,” said Lizzie. “They were trying to get a water sample from her.

“They said they were going to give her an antibiotic, which would treat meningitis .”

It was the first time she had heard mention of meningitis .

“I was terrified,” she said.

Then, at 6pm, Fleur-Rose was moved to the resuscitation unit and a specialist team from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, was called in.

“She deteriorated before our eyes,” Lizzie continued, recalling how her daughter suffered four cardiac arrests. “The rash returned, creeping from her feet to her head and at 11.04pm there was nothing more they could do.

“My darling daughter died.”

It was subsequently discovered that Fleur-Rose had been suffering from streptococcal meningitis , a bacterial strain of the illness.

Her mum now wants to promote greater awareness of the symptoms of meningitis in youngsters.

“People always look for the rash, but her rash didn’t develop until later,” she said.

“At lunchtime she was cheerful, but actually she was being killed from the inside out.

“She was too young to articulate how she felt.

She couldn’t say, ‘Mummy my eyes hurt; Mummy I have a bad tummy’.

“I think every child who is admitted to hospital with similar symptoms should automatically have a meningitis check.

“A child’s life isn’t a lottery.”

Since Fleur-Rose’s death, Lizzie has raised £12,000 for Meningitis Now in her daughter’s name.

“I want people to remember her,” she said. “I had 16 unexplained miscarriages in six years before she was born.

Fleur- Rose on the day she was born (Photo: PA Real Life)

“Time after time, I experienced heartbreak. Then, finally, she was there.

“My pregnancy wasn’t easy. They feared she was disabled because the scan indicated fluid round her neck.

“She arrived early and weighed just 4lbs, but she was a miracle.

“Walking out of the hospital with her in my arms, I was finally a mother.

“And then she was gone. It was heartbreaking.”

Now Lizzie is determined the daughter she adored should be remembered.

“She was a beautiful, strong little girl,” she said.

“I don’t want other children to die like she did. I don’t want other parents to suffer like we did.”

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