A family has been left grief stricken after their youngest child contracted meningococcal and died within two hours.
Six-month-old Jordan Braddock shortly after contracting the meningococcal disease’s b-strain after his parents were unable to afford the $350 vaccine, 7 News reported.
His parents did not notice anything out of the ordinary when they put their boy to bed on Saturday night but by the morning things had become serious.
When his parents found him quiet and limp in his crib they rushed him to the emergency department immediately.
Little Jordan died just two hours later, after the rash started to show up just 30 minutes after he was admitted to the emergency ward.
Jordan’s father Doc Braddock posted to his Facebook expressing his grief at the loss of his boy.
‘Why us…it’s so cruel,’ he wrote.
The status had a picture attached that read ‘there’s a difference between saying goodbye and letting go’.
The post continued ‘goodbye is I’ll see you again when I’m ready to hold your hand and when you’re ready to hold mine. Letting go is I’ll miss your hand, I realised it’s not mine to hold and I will never hold it again’.
Jordan stopped breathing while doctors worked to save his life, they were unable to revive him.
Paul Goofellow survived meningococcal b-strain and said he knew first hand the importance of making the vaccine available for all.
‘There’s a medication, there’s something you can have for it, so I really think that it should be available to anyone and everyone,’ he told 7 News.
In another post to Facebook Mr Braddock said that his daughter and Jordan’s older sister, Alexis, already missed her baby brother.
‘You are taken way too soon,’ he wrote.
A Go Fund Me has been set up by the family to help pay for the funeral costs