Mom Posts Heartbreaking Photo of Son’s Last Moments In Hopes His Story Will Save Other Lives

Photo: Sharon Carver

As the mom of a 6-year-old, this story is hard for me to write. But if anything good can come out of 6-year-old MJ Poole’s sudden death, awareness is how it will be accomplished. Looking at this heart-wrenching image, my heart BREAKS for his mom, Sharon Carver…but she wants us to look, and listen to her son’s story so that other lives might be saved.

MJ had lived a normal, healthy life when he contracted meningitis. Within 2 days of showing symptoms, he was dead. Now Carver and her husband Marc Poole want MJ’s story to be told so that other parents can learn the early signs of this deadly infection and seek treatment as soon as possible.

“I don’t want any parent to go through what me and Marc went through — I cannot describe the feeling of losing a child,” Sharon told the Daily Mail. “You watch TV, films, and read these things about other people — it’s frightening how quick this horrible condition can take hold.” She says that when a child develops a headache, fever, rash, and vomiting, parents might not immediately jump to considering that it could be meningitis, but they should.

MJ complained of a headache and his mom gave him over-the-counter medication, but the fast-moving infection soon caused him to go into septic shock, and he died from organ failure. Since then, Sharon has become an advocate for meningitis and sepsis awareness, and she wants all parents to know the signs and that early detection is VITAL to saving your child’s life.

Here are the common symptoms of meningitis in babies, toddlers, kids and young adults that all parents need to be aware of, according to (please check this link for an even more specific breakdown by your child’s age!)

  • A high fever (but can run normal to low in babies under 3 months)
  • Vomiting or refusing to eat
  • Severe headache
  • A tense or bulging soft spot (babies)
  • Cold hands and feet
  • A dislike of being picked up (babies)
  • A sleepy or vacant expression or too sleepy to wake up
  • Rapid breathing or trouble breathing
  • Shivering
  • ‘Pink prick’ rash marks or purple bruises
  • An unusual grunting noise
  • Pale or blotchy skin
  • A stiff or floppy body (babies)
  • Limb or joint pain

The Carver/Poole family is in our prayers as they deal with life after MJ’s death, but I think this brave mom for coming forward and spreading awareness so that other lives can be saved.


Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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