Metro Atlanta mother warning parents about dangers of meningitis - CBS46 News

Metro Atlanta mother warning parents about dangers of meningitis

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It's been 13 years since Tama Lee lost her son Casey and the wound is still raw.

"It is something that you just don't even fathom happening," Lee said.

Casey Lee died after contracting a strain of bacterial meningitis.

"We have no idea where he got it from, no idea and that is typical," Lee said.

Tama Lee rushed her son to the hospital after she realized he wasn't feeling well.
But although doctors said they caught the disease early, their best efforts weren't good enough.

"Casey's brain had been deprived of oxygen and he was brain dead," Lee said.

Tama Lee said back then there was no vaccine for the strain of meningitis her son had, but today there is. As a member of the National Meningitis Association, she encourages parents to make sure their kids get it.

"The vaccine is approved for 11 and 12-year-olds and a booster at 16. There is a feeling now that at least someone else might not have to go through this. It is much different than it was 13 years ago and that is a positive thing for me," Lee said.

Click here for more information about bacterial meningitis from the CDC.

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