A 23-year-old man has died from a so-called "Silent Killer" within a week of taking ill.

Luke Brown was perfectly healthy his entire life - until September, when he was rushed to hospital after his parents discovered him having seizures in his bedroom. He put into an induced coma, and tragically died seven days later.

Luke, a plasterer and huge Tranmere Rovers fan, fell victim to a sudden but deadly strain of meningitis, which can kill within hours of contracting it.

It has also been revealed his devastating family donated his organs after he died, saving the life of a man in his thirties who needed a replacement liver.

His kidneys were donated to a woman in her thirties who had been on the waiting list for three years and a man in his sixties, report the Liverpool Echo.

Luke was taken ill just a week after returning from a holiday to Benidorm.

The evening before being taken to hospital, the Upton man had complained of having a headache, didn't come down for his tea as usual, before asking for a bath to be run for him.

His last ever text message was sent to his dad, it read: "Can you bring me up a can of Tango when you're sorted?"

The Luke Brown Foundation

His loving parents kept a vigil by his bedside in hospital over the next week, and were forced to switch off his life-support machine as he had no sign of brain activity.

Mum and dad Viv and Del, both 52, believe the flight home from Spain may have triggered the meningitis.

Through their own research they have discovered a growing number of teenagers or people in their 20s, who have died from the illness.

The family hope some good can come from their son's death, and they plan to set up the Luke Brown Foundation, with plans to buy a lodge so families with loved ones affected by meningitis can use it to get a well-earned break.

Luke's friend Joshua Griffiths has also vowed to run five marathons in five days to gather together funds for his friend.

Around 800 people packed out the church for the 23-year-old's funeral, with six cars forming part of the cortege.

The horse-drawn carriage, which carried his coffin to the service, was also held aloft in Prenton Park, the home of his beloved Tranmere Rovers.

In hospital

Mum Viv told the Liverpool ECHO: "We don't want Luke to be forgotten, we want to make people aware about meningitis.

"Our son was bubbly, and handsome, and everybody loved him.

"We want the government to take meningitis more seriously.

"Luke was healthy and fit and had so much to live for.

"He was our baby."

Jamie Morris, one of his best friends, said: "Luke, as a mate, was always the first out in the morning.

His funeral cortege visited his beloved Tranmere Rovers' Prenton Park

  "He was excited to be with the lads, his dad, Dell, was his best mate - they were two peas in a pod.

"They did everything together, sharing rooms when they went away."

His friends who also supoort Tranmere, have taken a banner to recent away matches, including against Coventry and MK Dons, in Luke's memory. 

It reads: "Never above you, never below you, always by your side."

Here, his family and friends proudly hold aloft a banner in his memory

The disease can get confused with "Fresher's Flu" because symptoms are similar to those experienced by students who get collective coughs, fevers and viruses and hangovers during their first weeks at university.

"The hardest thing in the world is to lose a child"

His dad Del, also plasterer, added: "If our campaign helps just one person to recognise the symptoms, and they get to the hospital in time to take antibiotics, then it's worth it.

"The rate of survival for those with meningitis is horrendous.

"This information should be in every university, not enough information is out there. Maybe it takes a few sad stories so people wake up.

"It's the hardest thing in the world to lose a child. He was our only son, and we had him for nearly 24 years."

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The illness can lead to people losing their sight, and sometimes their limbs, after sepsis sets in. Currently, it costs £125 to get the meningitis vaccine, but it is not compulsory.