Gregor Smith: Talented teenage swimmer dies from meningitis just SEVEN hours after falling ill

Talented teenage swimmer dies from meningitis just SEVEN hours after falling illGregor Smith, 13, died from killer brain disease hours after symptoms aroseFamily and friends have paid tribute to 'cheeky schoolboy' By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 16:43 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 GMT, 26 February 2013 A schoolboy has died from meningitis just seven hours after his symptoms first appeared.

Mother who rushed her son to hospital with meningitis symptoms is stunned to receive letter accusing her of wasting NHS time

Family who rushed boy, 7, to A&E with meningitis symptoms are stunned to receive letter accusing them of wasting NHS time Georgina Houghton, 33, called NHS Direct one weekend after son Colby, 7, developed a temperature, vomiting and sensitivity to light Told the little boy might have meningitis and needed to go to A&EDashed to hospital where doctors diagnosed a viral infection Days later Colby received letter from family GP, lambasting him for wasting NHS time and not consulting GP first | UPDATED: 17:09 GMT, 6 December 2012 When her young son Colby became increasingly ill one weekend, Georgina Houghton became convinced he needed professional help.

Half of patients are "too scared" to challenge medical advice given by doctors, even when they think it"s wrong

Half of patients are 'too scared' to challenge medical advice given by doctors, even when they think it's wrong Poll of more than 2,000 Britons suggests millions lack the confidence to tackle their GP or hospital consultant 50% are too frightened to question a doctor’s opinion – more than patients in 12 other countriesPatients Association has helped create a leaflet explaining how patients can challenge their doctor | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 27 November 2012 Half of patients are 'too scared' to challenge medical advice given by doctors, even when they think it's wrong Millions of patients are too scared to challenge medical advice given by hospital doctors and family GPs.

Deaf baby becomes one of the youngest in Britain to undergo promising surgery for hearing loss

'I want her to hear me say “I love you”': Mother's delight as her deaf daughter becomes one of the youngest in Britain to undergo surgery for hearing loss Paige Evans was born profoundly deaf after her mother contracted an infection while pregnantWill have a cochlear implant after doctors gave the go-ahead Device means she may able to hear 'within a matter of weeks' | UPDATED: 17:09 GMT, 11 October 2012 A baby who was born deaf is set to become one of the youngest in the country to undergo surgery to improve her hearing.

Georgia Keeling: Girl, two, who died from meningitis after wrongly diagnosed with swine flu was let down by the emergency services, coroner rules

Girl, two, who died from meningitis after wrongly diagnosed with swine flu was let down by the emergency services, coroner rules Coroner returned a narrative verdict and ruled Georgia died following an 'erroneous diagnosis'Georgia's mother called for an ambulance after she was told by swine flu hotline it was unlikely to be swine flu.

Georgia Keeling: Girl, two, died from meningitis after paramedic sent ambulance away saying she had swine flu

Girl, two, died from meningitis after paramedic sent ambulance away saying she had swine flu Georgia's father tried glass test on her rash but NHS Direct told her it was probably the swine flu virus that was going aroundGeorgia's mother called for an ambulance after she was told by swine flu hotline it was unlikely to be swine flu.

Girl, three, saved by an iPhone app after mother recognises the symptoms of meningitis it described in her child

Mother saves daughter, 3, by checking meningitis symptoms on iPhone app after schoolmate dies from condition Hollie was diagnosed with viral meningitis while on a family weekend awayHer mother Claire checked her symptoms on a charity iPhone appShe thanked parents of schoolmate who died from condition after they raised awareness of disease | UPDATED: 14:48 GMT, 17 September 2012 A three-year-old girl was saved from the killer disease meningitis after her mother checked her symptoms on an iPhone app.

Mother"s meningitis diary reveals how her healthy daughter was ravaged by the illness in just four hours

Mother's meningitis diary reveals how her healthy daughter was ravaged by the illness in just four hours Erica would have died if she hadn't called out for a glass of water in the night she fell illDoctors tell her parents she had been just three hours from death PUBLISHED: 12:42 GMT, 22 August 2012 | UPDATED: 12:42 GMT, 22 August 2012 A mother has released a chilling photo diary revealing how meningitis took her perfectly-healthy toddler to the brink of death – in just four hours.

Premature twins born at just 27 weeks prepare for first day of school

A day we didn't dare hope for: Premature twins born at just 27 weeks prepare for first day of school Premature babies survived 20 blood transfusions between them, 19 weeks spent on oxygen and a meningitis scare PUBLISHED: 16:14 GMT, 16 August 2012 | UPDATED: 16:14 GMT, 16 August 2012 When twins Adam and Gemma Walker were born at just 27 weeks, they were so tiny their mother could hold them cupped in each hand.

The kiss of life: The moment a mother paid a tearful goodbye to the 14-month-old daughter doctors said she was about to die, before something…

The kiss of life: The moment a mother paid a tearful goodbye to the 14-month-old daughter doctors said she was about to die, before something miraculous happened . Sad: This is the moment a tearful Jennifer Lawson thought she was kissing her daughter Alice goodbye forever – until a miracle happened This tender kiss from a mother to her child is invested with a weight of unendurable sadness.