Funeral of toddler held after tragic death

Jayden Nel's funeral
Jayden Nel's funeral

The funeral of a toddler who died suddenly from a severe and rare form of meningitis has been held.

Jayden Nel, of Rushden, died on Friday, December 7, aged three-and-a-half, after falling ill suddenly.

Doctors told his parents, Natalie Nel and Terence Palmer, that the condition which claimed his life - Meningococcal septicaemia, a bacterial form of meningitis - is very rare, and a case had not been seen by doctors at the hospital for 20 years.

Jayden’s funeral service took place at Kettering Crematorium on Wednesday, December 19.

In a touching tribute to the youngster, a member of staff from Busy Bees nursery where Jayden attended described him as “a character” and a “bright child”.

The staff member added: “He loved stickers and he simply loved life.”

Miss Nel and Mr Palmer are keen to raise awareness of all forms of meningitis and have urged other parents to be aware of the illness.

Symptoms of meningitis can include headaches, a stiff neck and a dislike of bright light.

Other symptoms can include difficulty supporting own weight, a fever, vomiting and diarrhoea and confusion and drowsiness.

Symptoms of Meningococcal septicaemia include aching limbs, particularly leg pain, cold hands and feet and a rash which starts like pin prick spots and develops rapidly into purple bruising

Other symptoms may include difficulty supporting own weight, a fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, confusion and drowsiness, difficulty breathing and change in skin colour.