Family grieves for baby Jackson

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 05:00 19/10/2012
Jackson Chalmers-Wilson

MOURNED: Jackson Chalmers-Wilson.

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Invercargill baby Jackson Chalmers-Wilson, who has fought for his life at Starship children's hospital with a rare form of meningitis, has died peacefully surrounded by his family, his mother says.

Louise Chalmers said doctors had done everything they could for 9-week-old Jackson, who was flown from Southland Hospital to Auckland on Sunday after his condition deteriorated.

''We knew that he was very, very ill. We prayed for a miracle. Everybody tried everything they could...but he passed away peacefully with us there beside him.''

Chalmers said she had great respect for the Invercargill doctors that had taken care of Jackson at Southland Hospital, and the team at Starship children's hospital.

Everyone had worked fast and hard to give Jackson the best possible chance of survival, she said.

She also thanked people in Southland and around the country for the support that had come in during the last week, through messages and donations to a fundraising account set up for the family.

''It's amazing to know that there are people that genuinely wanted to help.''

A service will be held for Jackson next Tuesday, she said.

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- The Southland Times

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