A BOY struck down by meningitis is recovering back home with his family.
Nine-year-old Jack Midwood was rushed to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary last Wednesday with suspected meningococcal septicaemia - the deadliest form of the disease.
But yesterday, doctors allowed the youngster back home - much to the delight of his parents Chris and Michelle and elder sister Hayley, 15.
"It's absolutely brilliant news," said Michelle, 37. "It's what we have been waiting for."
Jack is still taking antibiotics and will be going for check-ups at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary tomorrow.
But doctors have been quietly confident about his progress and told his parents he was ready to leave the isolated room on the children's ward yesterday morning.
Mrs Midwood believed Jack's swift recovery has been down to the speed with which an ambulance crew noticed spots on his neck when they arrived to pick him up.
"We have been so lucky it was caught when it was - more or less straight away. I'm just so glad I rang the NHS helpline when I did," said his mother.
Jack fell ill just hours after the family returned to their Jagger Lane home at Honley from a holiday to Tenerife.
He went to class at Honley Junior School as normal on Tuesday, but complained of feeling tired at the end of the day.
He then started to feel sick when he helped his sister with her paper round.
On Wednesday morning, an ambulance was rushed to pick him up as Mrs Midwood strove to keep him falling asleep.
His mum said she had known something was seriously wrong.
"He has never been sickly child. I think I just knew this time. I just knew he was really ill. That's what prompted me to ring the NHS helpline."
She fears if she and the ambulance crew had not acted so swiftly, the consequence could have been far worse.