Faye Burdett was only two-years-old when the throws of a deadly disease seized her body and claimed her life.
It is, as it stands, a parent’s worst nightmare. To have a healthy and happy child one minute only to be mourning their death the next.
It is as inexplicable as it is tragic, but for the parents of little Faye, it’s something that is completely and necessarily avoidable. And something they’re determined does not happen again, so Faye’s death by meningitis B did not happened in vain.
In the first interview since their only daughter died in February, Neil and Jenny Burdett from Kent in the UK told the Daily Mail about the pain of living with the knowledge that their daughter’s death could have been prevented with the smallest of jabs. A jab that existed, but one that Faye wasn’t eligible for.
“We said in the hospital that something has to change,’ Jenny told the newspaper.
Faye Burdett’s parents re-live her last days in moving first interview – Daily Mail – https://t.co/vtzgpNl6ui
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“We never want to imagine another child having to suffer like Faye did, when she didn’t need to. That’s what drives us.”
Faye Burdett was too old to receive the vaccination that could have saved her life, that is only available in the UK on the NHS for babies aged from two to five months.
Vaccinations are currently only available on the British NHS to babies aged two to five months old costing up to $500 per child. In Australia, the situation is even worse with the vaccine not being available via our vaccination schedule at all.
And so, as they mourned the loss of their only child, the Burdett’s simultaneously grappled with he fact their young daughter just became the face of a vaccine they knew very little about in a world they didn’t yet understand.
Today, that world is one they want to change.