Banknock dad to scale three peaks after scare

The Couttie family
The Couttie family

A dad who feared the worst when his toddler contracted meningitis is on a quest to raise funds and awareness.

Douglas Couttie (30) of Banknock said the whole family went through a horrendous time when three-year-old Euan was struck down with meningococcal septicaemia.

The little boy spent three weeks in Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital Intensive Care Unit after becoming very ill very quickly.

Douglas, from Hazel Road said: “At one stage, we were told to prepare for the worst.

“They couldn’t say if he was going to make it, but he took to the treatment really well.

“I really want to raise money for the unit so I’ve decided to do the Three Peaks Challenge in August, but I also want to raise awareness so that other parents know the signs to look out for.”

It was back in February when Euan suddenly fell ill.

Douglas said: “He was a very healthy, happy boy.

“One night he took not well, he had a very high temperature, but he wanted his covers on.

“He was hot but he had cold hands and feet, but we didn’t realise this was one of the signs of meningitis.

“We took it in turns to be with him through the night and gave him Calpol but he just got worse.

“The next day, he was lying on the sofa and wasn’t responding and then purple marks appeared on his face.”

After a brief spell at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Euan spent the next weeks in the Edinburgh hospital where he received life-saving treatment and recovered.

Douglas, an engineer, said: “We were really lucky.

“It’s a terrible thing. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”

At the end of August, Douglas hopes to scale the mountains of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in just 24 hours to raise money for the The Sick Kids Friends Foundation within the hospital.

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