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    Munster Players to help launch charity.

    Munster Stars to help launch charity drive.

    15 May, 2013
    Briefly Faye Knowles spent several weeks from 23 November 2102 to 3 January 2013 in hospital after contracting Meningococcal Septicaemia (a very dangerous form of Meningitis). The fantastic life saving treatment, as well as continuing aftercare and plastic surgery treatments, she has received inspired her parents Joe and Sally Knowles, who live in Courtmacsherry County Cork, to set up the Trust, and start fundraising for the CUH Ladybird Ward in Cork and the Temple Street Hospital in Dublin.
    Joe Knowles is a prop with Clonakilty RFC, his brother Eddie Knowles also propped for Dolphin, while Faye's brothers play under-age with Clon.
    May18th - Official launch of the Faye Knowles Gives Back fundraising campaign. Many Celebrities will be in attendance, including several players from the Munster rugby team. Family event, BBQ, Auction, All Welcome. Location:Courtmacsherry Hotel West Cork. Kick off is at 3 P.M.

    It promises to be a great day and if you are around West Cork, or if you want a nice family day out, why not drop in and say hallo. Courtmacsherry is a scenic village on the coast, 10 miles SW of Bandon.
    For more info, and to see Paulie literally "holding the baby", Click here.

    On a very serious point, it's reckoned if Faye had been an hour later getting to the hospital, it would have been too late, so part of this launch is make people aware of the symptoms of this terrible disease.
    Figures released recently suggest that only seven per cent of Irish parents are aware of the signs of the most dangerous strain of meningitis, MenB.

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ID:	2497474 Peter O Mahony and Simon Zebo with miracle girl Faye Knowles.

    Thanks lanchul, and good point re symptoms. Here they are:

    • Meningitis and septicaemia can be hard to recognise at first. Symptoms can appear in any order, but the first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell, just like many mild illnesses
    • Red ticks show symptoms that are more specific to meningitis and septicaemia and less common in milder illnesses. Limb pain and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than a rash, neck stiffness, photophobia and confusion.
    • Not everyone gets all these symptoms
    • Septicaemia can occur with or without meningitis
    • In some cases of meningitis, a rash may not appear

    What are the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia? Meningitis (bacterial or viral):
    • Stiff neck
    • Dislike of bright lights
    • Severe drowsiness/confusion
    • Vomiting
    • Headache
    • Fever
    • Seizures/fits.

    Babies may also show the following symptoms:
    • Blotchy or pale skin
    • Tense or bulging soft spot on their head
    • Blank or staring expression
    • Irritable, dislike of being handled
    • Refusing to eat
    • Body stiffening with involuntary movements, or a floppy body
    • Abnormal, high-pitched cry.

    Meningococcal septicaemia:

    • Rash that develops into a bruise-like rash or blood blisters - marks do not fade in the ‘tumbler test'
    • Fever
    • Abdominal pain/diarrhoea
    • Rapid breathing
    • Muscle pain
    • Severe drowsiness
    • Vomiting
    • Cold hands and feet
    • Confusion.

    Some links:
    The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man - George Bernard Shaw


      Useful list, I suppose every parent should print out the above and keep it. Not sure who is coming on Saturday as I am not involved but I know the family. I think Peter O'Mahony is the organiser on the player's side. Have seen him around the village in the past. All they need is a bit of weather, as "Courtmac" is a great spot. Dara Hurley's dad is from there.