Three-year-old son's meningitis death 'smashed our hearts into a million pieces' - Cwmbran family

South Wales Argus: DIED: Shae Brynley Button DIED: Shae Brynley Button

A DISTRAUGHT mum has spoken of her grief after her “beautiful” three-year-old son died suddenly from meningitis earlier this week.

Connie Button, from Cwmbran, said her heart had been “smashed into a million pieces” by the death of Shae Brynley Button, who died on Monday.

She had stayed with Shae throughout the night on Sunday, when he fell ill with vomiting and a temperature, but when they woke in the morning she said Shae deteriorated before her eyes.

“He become limp and unresponsive so I called an ambulance at 7am and noticed two little spots on his back while trying to clean him up,” she said.

“Shae only had a few spots and bruises when we arrived at hospital but only two hours later we had to say goodbye to our big boy.

“He developed meningococcal septicaemia meningitis, and it took his life in four hours.”

The family is now desperately trying to raise awareness of the illness.

Ms Button added: “It kills me to be making this statement but I can’t bear to think of another family suffering the way we are.”

“Our beautiful little boy had the biggest heart and most infectious smile you could imagine. Everywhere he went he brought a smile with his cheeky character. We never imagined when we tucked him into bed Sunday night that our world would be gone by Monday morning.

“The main thing I knew about meningitis was the rash, but, in reality, once the rash has broken it’s too late. I can’t put into words how the loss of our little boy has devastated my life and smashed our hearts into a millions pieces.”

The family has organised a fundraising event in Shae’s memory in Cwmbran town centre on Saturday, at Gwent Square.

From 2pm to 4pm they will be selling balloons with personal message which will then be let off. Raffle tickets will also be on sale, for an auction to be held at the Football Factory, Avondale Industrial Estate, from 7pm.

More than forty local businesses have donated to the cause.

There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting , cake sale, and character appearances.

Family friend Sophie Pilot, who has helped organise the event, said: “The support of the community has been overwhelming.

“The communities of Cwmbran and Pontypool have been deeply sadden and shaken by the death of this special little boy. He will be sadly missed by many.”

A fundraising page has also been set up in his honour.

All proceeds will go to charity Meningitis Now.

To donate see www.justgiving.com/Hayley-Orme

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9:49am Sat 19 Apr 14

Sally121 says...

So incredibly sad. I find it upsetting & i don't know the family. I'm sure that every parent & grandparent who reads this are thinking of the family.
So incredibly sad. I find it upsetting & i don't know the family. I'm sure that every parent & grandparent who reads this are thinking of the family. Sally121
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11:30am Sat 19 Apr 14

bladerunner says...

Goodnight god bless you sweetheart can't imagine what the family are going through xx
Goodnight god bless you sweetheart can't imagine what the family are going through xx bladerunner
  • Score: 16

12:06pm Sat 19 Apr 14

sperduti says...

so so sad, our deepest sympathy to all the family !!
so so sad, our deepest sympathy to all the family !! sperduti
  • Score: 15

2:39pm Sat 19 Apr 14

wenstef says...

I just could not imagine what it must be like for you.
I have grandchildren the same age and you just love them so much your hearts must be breaking.
God bless little Shae xxxxxxx
I just could not imagine what it must be like for you. I have grandchildren the same age and you just love them so much your hearts must be breaking. God bless little Shae xxxxxxx wenstef
  • Score: 13

2:49pm Sat 19 Apr 14

ollie72 says...

So sorry for your loss
So sorry for your loss ollie72
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10:45pm Sat 19 Apr 14

gingertom says...

To loose a child is the worst heartbreak in the world.
God bless you, just take one day at a time and know that everyone wishes you love and if we could bring him back we would in a heartbeat.
To loose a child is the worst heartbreak in the world. God bless you, just take one day at a time and know that everyone wishes you love and if we could bring him back we would in a heartbeat. gingertom
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11:41am Sun 20 Apr 14

irish traveller says...

I would like to say how sad I was to read about your lovely little boy
my son also had meningitis as a baby we brought him to our gp who told us bring him home and keep an eye on him he did not have any rash at this time and was sitting up in my arms In a matter of minutes he started to get more poorly we rushed him straight to UHW where we were told he had septicaemia meningitis he was put in the intensive care unit and we had to wait 24hours to see if he would pull through thankfully he did and made a full recovery with no side affects the doctors said we caught it in time as you said in your statement their is not enough awareness regarding meningitis and when the rash comes its a matter of minutes so please be wary and always trust your instinct I dread to think what would have happened if we listened to our gp
I would like to say how sad I was to read about your lovely little boy my son also had meningitis as a baby we brought him to our gp who told us bring him home and keep an eye on him he did not have any rash at this time and was sitting up in my arms In a matter of minutes he started to get more poorly we rushed him straight to UHW where we were told he had septicaemia meningitis he was put in the intensive care unit and we had to wait 24hours to see if he would pull through thankfully he did and made a full recovery with no side affects the doctors said we caught it in time as you said in your statement their is not enough awareness regarding meningitis and when the rash comes its a matter of minutes so please be wary and always trust your instinct I dread to think what would have happened if we listened to our gp irish traveller
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