Ex Saints captain Dean Hammond talks of son's meningitis battle

Saints star's baby in meningitis battle

Saints star's baby in meningitis battle

First published in News

HE is the football star who knows only too well that there is more to life than the beautiful game.

For Saints midfielder Dean Hammond – who is on loan to Brighton this season – has spoken out about his baby’s recent battle with meningitis.

The father-of-two’s work/life balance was given a real sense of proportion when his son was struck down by the disease this summer.

It happened just before Hammond made the south coast switch when little Jude, now aged five months, was just three-weeks-old.

“Luckily he only had viral meningitis, not the bacterial one, but they treated it as bacterial, so he was in hospital for a week or so which was difficult,” said the 29-year-old.

“But my wife was amazing and there is nothing wrong with him now, thank goodness. The hospital in Southampton really looked after him and because of it we are closer as a family. My wife has a fantastic bond with him.

“It’s not something I would like anyone to go through but he’s fine now.

Football is a huge part of my life and when you are playing games it means everything but obviously when your family or kids are affected by something like that it puts things in perspective.”

Viral meningitis is the most common and less serious type of meningitis.

It is most common in children and is more widespread during the summer months.

Hammond, currently dividing his time between Brighton and the family home near Southampton, is now partway through what is his second stint for Albion.

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8:46am Tue 13 Nov 12

Over the Edge says...

Glad to hear little one made a full recovery
Glad to hear little one made a full recovery Over the Edge
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8:58am Tue 13 Nov 12

MGRA says...

good news in the end and bravo for Dean for helping raise awareness of these conditions...
good news in the end and bravo for Dean for helping raise awareness of these conditions... MGRA
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11:37am Tue 13 Nov 12

Andy Hopkinson says...

Everyone at the Meningitis Trust is pleased to hear Jude has made a good recovery from viral meningitis and we pass on our best wishes to the family for the future.

It's true that viral meningitis is not as nasty as the bacterial sort, but it can still leave you feeling very unwell.

If anyone has any concerns about meningitis please contact our free helpline on 0808 80 10 388. We have free signs and symptoms cards too - recognising the symptoms is vital in the fight against meningitis, as is seeking prompt medical attention.

Thanks for helping to raise vital awareness.
Everyone at the Meningitis Trust is pleased to hear Jude has made a good recovery from viral meningitis and we pass on our best wishes to the family for the future. It's true that viral meningitis is not as nasty as the bacterial sort, but it can still leave you feeling very unwell. If anyone has any concerns about meningitis please contact our free helpline on 0808 80 10 388. We have free signs and symptoms cards too - recognising the symptoms is vital in the fight against meningitis, as is seeking prompt medical attention. Thanks for helping to raise vital awareness. Andy Hopkinson
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4:53pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Normandy says...

Very glad to hear little Jude is doing well.
Very glad to hear little Jude is doing well. Normandy
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