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Boy, 4, dies within hours of catching meningitis in case that shocked doctors

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A perfectly healthy young boy died within hours of being struck down with meningitis despite showing hardly any symptoms.

Enzo Joyce had a high temperature when mum Katie took him to hospital but he didnt have a rash or spots, which can be warning signs.

The four-year-old passed away just hours later from the disease his family have dubbed a silent killer.

A 'perfectly healthy' young boy died within hours of being struck down with meningitis despite showing hardly any symptoms. Enzo Joyce, four, only had a high temperature when mum Katie took him to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, on Thursday, November 15. caption: Enzo Joyce, four, who died of meningitis

Little Enzo Joyce, four, displayed no symptoms before his death from meningitis (Picture: Sarah Joyce/MEN)

Today his heartbroken relatives paid tribute to the youngster, saying they want other parents to be aware of meningitis.

Grandmother Sarah Joyce said: Enzo was a perfectly healthy, loving, giving little boy who had his whole life taken away unexpectedly and suddenly by such a quiet disease.

Its the worst pain our family have ever experienced.

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Enzo, who has little brother Reeco, was admitted to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax at 11.40am with a higher-than-usual temperature.

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By 4pm, doctors told the family he was brain dead.

Its a silent killer, Sarah added. Even Calderdale Hospital are shocked, especially as Enzo was up to date with immunisations.

Following the tragic news, a crowdfunding page was set up by Katies friend Rebecca to raise money for the family, from Huddersfield.

A 'perfectly healthy' young boy died within hours of being struck down with meningitis despite showing hardly any symptoms. Enzo Joyce, four, only had a high temperature when mum Katie took him to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, on Thursday, November 15. caption: Sarah Joyce, with grandson Enzo Joyce, four, who died of meningitis

Sarah Joyce said Enzo was a perfectly healthy, loving, giving little boy (Picture: Sarah Joyce/MEN)

More than £4,000 was raised to go towards expenses for his funeral and a special treat for Reeco.

In a beautiful tribute to the youngster, the funeral on November 30 will be held as the fifth birthday party he will never make.

Mourners are being asked to turn up in superhero outfits and bright colours to say goodbye, with a wake that Sarah said is going to be Enzos final birthday and Christmas party.

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His grandmother added: Enzo was my perfect, pure, adorable first love.

We want to highlight this atrocious disease and one million per cent we wouldnt want any other family to go through what we are going through.

Theres feelings of “why, how, are you sure?” Theres so much support but we are still lonely, its surreal.

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord, and is most common in babies and young children.

If not treated quickly, it can lead to septicaemia and brain damage.

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