By Petrina, Eden’s Mummy. I had never heard of Encephalitis prior to my daughter Eden suffering from this tragic illness. Many, many people haven’t. That’s one of our main aims: To raise the awareness so people know more about it, just as everybody is now aware of other life threatening childhood illnesses such as meningitis. It was March 2nd 2011. Eden was 6 and a half years old. That day she was a little bit off colour, a little bit poorly, but I didn’t think much about it. She had been like this for a couple of days and I decided to keep her off school that day just in case. She had been complaining that her legs had been aching a little and the odd headache but nothing that I thought was debilitating. We were lying on the settee after dropping her older brother, Oscar, off at school. We were just about to start watching Barbie the Movie, as you do! Suddenly, Eden went very stiff and had a massive seizure. I could see in her eyes just how terrified she was. Then she fell completely unconscious.