England rugby hero reveals son has beaten meningitis after 'two weeks of hell'

Matt Dawson posted photos of son, Sami, and praised Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The 43-year-old former England and Northampton Saints star shared a series of heartbreaking images of little Sami as he fought the disease from his bed Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. Dawson said he and his wife Carolin Hauskeller had been debating whether or not to post the pictures, which they warned could be 'upsetting'. 
But the Question of Sport captain circulated the images on Twitter, revealing his 'lucky' son had beaten the condition. The distressing images show Sami wired up to machines in hospital, his body covered in bright red marks. Dawson captioned the pictures with the message: 'The two weeks of hell we've just had cos of meningitis. Sami lucky due to amazing people @GreattOrmondSt #vaccinate NOW.' Dawson's warning comes after the parents of a toddlers who died from meningitis shared horrific photos of her fighting for her life to raise awareness of the illness. Two-year-old Faye Burdett battled the vicious condition for 11 days before her tiny body succumbed to it. Her parents Jenny and Neil, from Maidstone, Kent, are now sharing their tragic story in a bid to prevent other families going through the same ordeal. They are also calling for the Meningitis B vaccine given to all children - not just babies - to prevent the most deadly form of meningitis claiming more lives.   An online petition calling for the Meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children has so far had 260,000 signatures - fuelled by Faye's shocking story being shared thousands of times on Facebook.    'All children are at risk from this terrible infection, yet the Government plans to only vaccinate 2 to 5-month-olds,' explained Mrs Burdett. Click here to read more.
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