Earlier this week a video showing distressing footage of a 5 week old baby battling whooping cough shocked the nation.
Mum of two, Sandra, said she shared it to help ‘educate more people on the importance of vaccinations.
Sandra wrote: “This video may distress some people but I’m sharing to show just how scary and dangerous whooping cough is to babies who are too young to be vaccinated. This is my 5 week old baby during an episode where she chokes and stops breathing. Babies rely on herd immunity to keep them safe and unfortunately we cannot achieve that without high vaccination rates. Whooping cough is not always a loud obvious cough. The scary symptom for babies is when they don’t cough but silently choke and turn blue/purple from lack of oxygen. If we weren’t in hospital and sitting watching our baby 24/7 the outcome would be fatal. Please don’t ignore the warning signs- our baby girl only had a slight cough to start. Please share this to educate more people on the importance of vaccinations.”
Sadly since sharing the video, Sandra and her husband have been receiving angry messages from infuriated anti-vaxxer parents.
‘You read a lot of scary things online about whether vaccinations are or are not safe, but you have your child in hospital stop breathing and you’ll change you view in about 10 seconds,’ Mrs Tee told 7 News.
‘Once you look at the video of our little girl, there’s just absolutely no way you could risk that happening to them.’
Mr Tee echoed his wife’s sentiments, saying: ‘For those people who don’t believe in vaccination, here’s the proof. (Refusing to vaccinate) is putting little tiny 2.6kg babies at risk. I wouldn’t want that on my conscience.’
‘Babies rely on herd immunity to keep them safe and unfortunately we cannot achieve that without high vaccination rates,’ she said.
‘Whooping cough is not always a loud obvious cough,’ the new mum explained.
‘The scary symptom for babies is when they don’t cough but silently choke and turn blue/purple from lack of oxygen.
For this reason, Ms Tee said she and her husband are currently in hospital watching their baby ’24/7′ and giving her oxygen when needed.
‘Please don’t ignore the warning signs’, Ms Tee urged. ‘Our baby girl only had a slight cough to start.
‘I want people to be aware of how fast babies go downhill with whooping cough,’ Ms Tee told Daily Mail Australia.
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