Mother gives baby whooping cough after refusing vaccine

A QUEENSLAND mother who caught whooping cough and passed it on to her newborn daughter because she refused the vaccine during pregnancy has said if she could turn back time she would have protected herself.

The Gold Coast woman, known as Cormit, has gone public in a video posted on the Gold Coast Health Facebook page to warn others.

First time mum talks about her baby getting whooping cough after she refused immunisation.
First time mum talks about her baby getting whooping cough after she refused immunisation.

In the video she said she refused the vaccine because she was a healthy "organic" kind of woman.

"I was offered the injection in week 28, being the healthy, fit organic woman that I am I said 'leave me alone', I said 'I don't need this crap'."

But after giving birth to her daughter Eva, Cormit saw a doctor after she'd been coughing for a few days and found out she had whooping cough.

And she had passed it on to her baby daughter.

"Somehow through the process of the last two weeks of my pregnancy I've managed to get whooping cough. I don't know why and how I managed to get it. I didn't know.

"Eva was diagnosed with whooping cough and yeah, it's been a nightmare.

"She was just a bit coughy a bit nasally...within two weeks the cough became pretty scary, horror movie, coughing to the point of going blue, flopping in my hands, can't breathe, running to hospital.

"[She] ended up in intensive care with just a baby that coughs and coughs and coughs and it's so hard to watch your little tiny little thing.

"They go red, from red they go blue, sometimes they go a bit black and for a moment there you think they're dead in your hands, they flop. A lot of suffering for a tiny little cute thing you love so much," she said.

Cormit said she got over the potentially deadly disease quickly but little Eva is still fighting it.

"I got over it very quick, it was not it was nothing for me, but she is into week four and every hour I've got to stay here watch her going blue, give her oxygen, watch her cry, watching her having a hard time eating.

"She is my only child and if I could turn back time I would have protected myself, so that's my message," she said.



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