Kristen Meeks Cotton is the mother of eight-month-old daughter Ellie. Today, they are holding each other tightly, after Cotton learned that Elli has a very rare disease, that many parents are unaware can strike their c=young children. “It was very, very scary,” Meeks Cotton said. “I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life.”
The Phenix City mother says Ellie has bacterial meningitis after swimming in a saltwater pool.
“She gets excited, she loves the water,” Meeks Cotton said. “She’s dunking her head in the pool. That night, she started vomiting everywhere.”
She had horrible symptoms, including a very high fever.
“I asked the doctor, ‘hey is this normal?’ She said no it’s not. Her whole face just changed and that’s when I knew something was wrong.”
She learned the worst consequences of the dreaded disease.
“She could lose hearing, she could lose her sight,” Meeks Cotton said. “We don’t care. She’s alive, and that’s all we care about right now.”
Now, her mother wants to share the information she has about this disease with other parents.
“Keep an eye on your babies,” Meeks Cotton said. “Always trust your mom’s intuition, because if I hadn’t have felt the top of her head, we probably would have lost her.”
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”