Parents' Loss: 7-year-old Boy Dies From Bacterial Meningitis

CITY OF SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - Shasta County parents Kasey and Misty Rogers are mourning the death of their 7-year-old son, Boyd.  He died last week, about 24 hours after displaing symptoms of bacterial meningitis.

Meningitis is when protective membranes covering the brain and spine become inflamed.
Misty Rogers said Boyd's condition deteriorated rapidly and she rushed to the hospital.

"By the time I got him there he went limp and I had to carry him from the car and he went limp it was just that fast his little pupils were already dilating and his little brain was already swollen," said Rogers.

"I don't want anyone to lose their baby like we did I just want to save someone I don't want it to happen to anyone else."

According to the World Health Organization, bacterial meningitis can cause severe brain damage and is fatal in 50 percent of cases untreated

Seven-year-old Boyd had type B.  Doctors told his family it was untreatable

"As a mom you think what could I have done and they said you could have brought him in a few hours before and it wouldn't have mattered it was that fast."

Misty Rogers said when she picked up Boyd at Shasta Lake School last Wednesday, May 8, he complained he didn't feel well.

By evening, Boyd was showing flu like symptoms with severe back pain and headaches.  The next morning Misty took him to the emergency room and he died before noon.

She advises other parents to be aware of the symptoms.

"Don't be overly cautious now they are aware and they are looking for it."

She urges parents at to act quickly if their child appears sick because in some cases it can be treated.

Boyd's father Kasey Rogers wants parents to be aware that this isn't the first time a case of meningitis has been reported at Shasta Lake School.

"Such a case as this where its so uncommon where he catches this virus and in twelve hours he's gone," said Kasey.  "Two years two cases, its here somewhere."

The school sent home two letters last week after Boyd died.  One informed families about meningitis, and the other notified them about Boyd's death.

Boyd's family wants people to be aware of the infection, and remember the 7 year old for his bright spirit.

"He was everybody's favorite he was amazing a gift from God for surely," said Misty.

The family will hold a celebration of life for Boyd Rogers.  It's at the Word of Life Church in Redding, Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm.   The community is invited.  Donations can be sent to the church.

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