A heartbroken mother has pleaded with parents to immunise their children after her little girl died from measles.
Little Nadja Petrovic, two, was diagnosed with autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1, also known as Whitaker syndrome.
Due to Nadja’s illness she could not get common vaccines like MMR – an immunisation against mumps, measles and rubella.
Her family hoped that the collective immunity would protect her in the course of a serious epidemic.
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Her mother, Serbian woman Dragana Petrovic, contacted Perth-based not-for-profit organisation Light for Riley to share Nadja’s heartbreaking story.
Ms Petrovic told Yahoo7 since her little girl turned one in 2016 she had been in and out of hospital “a few times a week”.
The mum-of-two and little Nadja were admitted to the intensive care and isolation unit on January 6 but could not get a room of their own.
“They (medical staff) admitted a boy into our room,” the 23-year-old said. “He was nine months old.”
It was three days later Ms Petrovic found out the baby boy was infected with the measles and on January 12 Nadja became sick with the disease too.
“By the time we were transferred to another floor it was too late,” she said.
“My world collapsed; I knew that she would get it but in the depths of my soul I hoped she wouldn’t.”
Ms Petrovic said she was angry with doctors who made a mistake and believed the boy did not have the measles.
Nadja’s condition got worse and on January 12, in the words of her mother, the little girl “drowned in a dream from which she never woke up”.
Nadja’s struggle for life would last almost three months. She began to suffer from lung and respiratory problems until her left lung ruptured. She also had sepsis.
Sadly on April 4, Nadja’s heart stopped and she died. Her heartbroken mother said Nadja was “full of life”.
Dragana added, “I shared this story with you in order to educate parents who have doubts about the vaccination of their children. Every child has the right to be protected from infectious diseases. Nadja became a victim, giving up her own life, to show how this harmless child’s disease can endanger one’s life. Now it’s up to us to share her story so that nobody suffers like she did. My angel left me too early, but I will fight so no one forgets here and goes through what I went through.”
Due to a growing anti-vaccine movement in Serbia, the country is in the midst of a measles outbreak with thousands and thousands of cases reported.
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