An Australian mom who was previously strongly anti-vaccinations is now changing her ming on the matter as her newborn baby is fighting for her life in intensive care.
Cormit Avital is a fit, organic food eating woman in the prime of her life. She had no complications or issues with her pregnancy, so, when doctors told her she needed to get a whooping cough booster in her third trimester to protect herself and her unborn baby she told doctors she didn’t “need that crap.”
Avital caught whooping cough late in her pregnancy. While the disease is serious, it is fairly easy for a young, healthy person to fight off. However, Avital passed on the disease to her newborn baby.
“If I could turn back time I would protect myself. It’s been a nightmare,” Avital said to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“[She was] coughing to the point of going blue, flopping in my hands, couldn’t breathe, rushing [her] to hospital,” Ms Avital said.
“It’s just so hard to watch this tiny little thing … go from red to blue, sometime they go a bit black, and for a moment you think they are dead in your hands, they flop.”
The instances of whooping cough in Australia have nearly doubled in the last two years, likely largely due to the anti-vaccination movement.