Parents' tribute to Mason Timmins after meningitis death
The parents of a seven-year-old boy who died after contracting meningitis have paid tribute to their "fantastic lad".
Mason Timmins, from Bloxwich in the West Midlands, died in hospital on Tuesday after his parents, Mark and Claire, allowed his life support machine to be switched off.
His father said: "We want to remember him and laugh about all the funny things he said and did.
"We want to let everyone know what a fantastic lad he was."
His mother said Mason had been vaccinated against meningitis but not this particular "rare" type.
Mason, who attended Little Bloxwich Primary School, had complained about going to bed "as he always did" on Sunday evening but later fell ill and became very pale.
'Left an impression'
He was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital before being transferred to North Staffordshire, where his life support machine was turned off two days later.
"We knew there was nothing more that could be done for him," his mother said.
"We knew we had lost him and we didn't want him messed about with so allowed his life support machine to be turned off on Tuesday."
His father said the most fitting legacy for their son would be to remind people to live their lives to the full.
"We know we've lost Mason but his energy is still here - he's in every room, the garden, his school, everywhere," he said.
"We know that people all over Bloxwich will remember his mischief, his sense of fun and the fact that he definitely left an impression."
Walsall Council said it was working with charity Meningitis Now and Public Health England (PHE) to support the school and other parents.
Anyone who came into close contact with the Mason has been offered antibiotics.