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Matt Dawson shares images of two-year-old son battling meningitis to raise awareness

The former rugby player spoke out after a young British girl died from the condition.

FORMER ENGLAND RUGBY union captain Matt Dawson has shared images of his son battling meningitis to raise awareness.

Two-year-old Sami underwent treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Dawson said his family had been through “two weeks of hell” but described the medical staff as “amazing”.

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Sami contracted meningitis W135, a rare strain of the virus.

The Question of Sport star said he decided to speak out after a petition calling for all children, at least up to age 11, to be vaccinated against meningitis B gained over 450,000 signatures.

BBC News reports that the petition was started after two-year-old Faye Burdett died from the illness earlier this week - 11 days after contracting meningitis B.

sam and bro Sami and his older brother Alex

All images: Twitter 

Sami is now recovering.

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