A Perth mother has a warning to new parents after her baby contracted whooping cough despite being vaccinated.

Amber Aynsley-Todd did everything she could to try to protect her daughter, but it wasn’t enough.

The chronic coughing and gasping for breath are sickening sounds that will haunt Amber, who could do nothing but watch as her five-month-old daughter Marnie battled against whooping cough.

“I would be so devastated for any other parent that has to deal with this because it was just so heartbreaking,” she said.

New guidelines say Mums-to-be should get a whooping cough vaccine at 20 weeks. Vaccination during pregnancy can reduce the risk in infants.

Babies need be to immunised at six to eight weeks, four months and six months.

Amber had the jab and made sure Marnie’s shots were up to date, but it still wasn’t enough to protect her.

“My message is very clear: have yourself and your children vaccinated,” she said.

Marnie’s already a miracle baby after Amber was diagnosed with meningitis while pregnant.

“This one, this was all on her,” Amber said. “If she decided to give up then God forbid we could have lost her.”

With her immune system compromised, Amber is now concerned about the flu and if little Marnie is strong enough to fight it off.

Amber has issued a very HARSH message to people to just get vaccinated!

Amber wrote in a social media post which has now received nearly 2000 shares, “It is YOUR job to vaccinate yourself and your kids. For them. It’s all for them. You assholes who think it’s not important because you read somewhere sometime that almost anyone can put their uneducated two cents in. I want you all to see this. I want you all to hang your heads in shame. This is it, this is what you’ve done to my baby. And what you’ve now risked all the kids that mean the world to me and are their parents entire world.”

New national guidelines have advised pregnant women to receive a whooping cough vaccination at 20 rather than 28 weeks. The earlier vaccination helps maximise protection for babies should they be born pre-term. Read more on that here.

We are thinking of little Marnie x

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  • Oh dear me the poor bub, what a heartbreaking story.


  • So tragic. I hope Marnie makes a full recovery. her Mum did the right thing and had her immunised. Her immune system is obviously weak but she must have come into contact with somebody who has whooping cough. It is Whooping Cough, not flu so I doubt vaccination ingredients have to be changed.


  • Aww, this poor family. Keep fighting little Marnie… you are a survivor. And this is why we need vaccinations. We need the herd to keep immunity strong and growing.


  • I hope Marnie is recovering with no residual side effects. This was not caused by the vaccination as some will think. This was because they or their children weren’t vaccinated when they visited. Thinking of little Marnie and her family and sending lots of prayers


  • I’m glad the mum has realised that it wasn’t her vaccination that caused this issue but the issue of others not being vaccinated.


  • Such a terrible thing to happen – obviously little Marnie’s immune system is compromised but if everyone else was vaccinated she wouldn’t be in this position. Agree with her mum on this one.


  • vaccines help your body fight the infections as much as they prevent, I hope this little one is feeling a lot better now


  • I feel the pain of this little one and your heartbreak and concern for your child. I had whooping cough when I was a baby and I nearly died. My mother told me how I gasped for air, coughing and whooping. My mother was so distressed and back when I was a baby there was no vaccine for it, so my mum prayed and hoped that I would pull through and glory to God I did. So I do understand what your little sweetie went through and your fears and concerns for her health and well-being. I pray that she will continue to be strong and healthy from now on. The LORD is watching over her. She is such a beautiful child.


  • Just more proof that vaccinations do not work as they used to, if you do your research you will find that they are struggling to keep up with making them correctly because the virus’s keep mutating and each year they have to make new ones. I feel we really need to make sure our kids are healthy in other ways. Keeping them away from chemicals in the environment helps to keep their immune system healthy, and homeopathy also helps.


  • The poor child its such a distressing thing for a baby to have. Good on the Mum for speaking out heard immunity is so important


  • Yes thinking about little Marnie !
    Breathing problems at such age are heartbreaking to face and can be so serious and dangerous.


  • Heartbreaking to see this


  • So terrifying for that family.


  • It’s not just frustration and anger in that post but pure fear. That poor little bubba. How horrid for them all. I was paranoid beyond measure until the last of my little ones whooping cough needles were done.


  • Such a horrible condition it’s not just kids cancer patients and other people with compromised systems are at risk of contracting these conditions without herd immunity.


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