A Gold Coast Health video has gone viral after an anti-vax advocate shares her heartbreaking discovery that she contracted whooping cough and passed it on to her newborn baby girl. The mother is now in favour of immunisations after her newborn contracted whooping cough.
Cormit‘If I could turn back time I would protect myself.’ Cormit’s baby has contracted Whooping Cough. Watch this clip to hear the first-time mum bravely talk about her decision to opt out of vaccination during pregnancy and how hard it is now coping with her new baby being so unwell. For the facts on Immunisation go to http://bit.ly/1PJ6Cc0. #vaccinationmatters #immunisation #preventabledisease #GoldCoast #publichealth
Posted by Gold Coast Health on Monday, April 4, 2016
The mother, identified as Cormit, shared her regret at not agreeing to receive the vaccine on a video posted on the Gold Coast Health Facebook page. The mum explained she “being the healthy, fit, organic woman that I am, I said ‘Leave me alone, I don’t need this.”
“I’ve been a very healthy pregnant woman – no problems, no complications, worked, worked out, went to the gym every day, ate healthy, had no deficiencies, had a natural birth and somehow through the last two weeks of my pregnancy I’ve managed to get whooping cough.”
Cormit discovered she had passed whooping cough down to her newborn daughter, Eva, after seeing a doctor about a persistent cough she couldn’t shake after the birth of her baby girl.
Cormit shared on the video, “Within two weeks the cough became pretty scary – horror movie, coughing to the point of turning blue, flopping in my hands, can’t breathe, running into hospital.”
“A lot of suffering for a little tiny, little cute thing that you love so much.”
The new mum has been at the Gold Coast Hospital for three and a half weeks and wishes she got the immunisation when it was offered.
“I got over it very quick, it was nothing for me. But she is into week four and every hour I have to stay here watch her going blue, watch her go blue, watch her cry, and give her oxygen,” she said.
A whooping cough epidemic has started to sweep New South Wales with a quadruple number of cases reported between April and December last year. Victoria and ACT have experienced double the number of cases reported.
The whooping cough vaccine is recommended for pregnant women, babies and children and a booster shot is recommended during the third trimester of pregnancy.
The debate about whether to vaccinate your child is not a decision that should be taken lightly, but as poor Cormit and her baby Eva have discovered, the decision not to vaccinate can be a matter of life or death.
Since the video was released on Facebook, many of the comments have thanked Cormit for her bravery in speaking out and are sending prayers for her little girl to get well.
Our prayers are with Eva as she fights this nasty illness.
For more information about vaccinations, head here for more information.