When a Fire Ravaged Her Home, a Young Mother Sacrificed Her Life to Save Her Baby
A new video from Australia’s Gold Coast Health hospitals features Cormit, a first-time mother who opted out of the whooping cough vaccine while she was pregnant. From the hospital, Cormit explains how her decision to not get vaccinated led to her baby almost dying of pertussis—she recorded the video to explain her regret to other expectant mothers: “If I could turn back time, I would’ve protected myself.”
She was offered the vaccination in the 28th week of her pregnancy, “but being the healthy, fit, organic woman that I am, I said ‘Leave me alone, I don’t need this crap.'” She began coughing and didn’t think much of it until the cough continued for a few weeks.
Once she was born, her baby began coughing as well, which, again, didn’t alarm Cormit at first, but after one coughing fit, the baby turned red, blue, then a little black, Cormit said. She stopped breathing for three minutes and was rushed to intensive care. For three weeks, they’ve been in and out of the hospital to deal with the baby’s coughing and difficulty breathing.
It’s “a lot of suffering for the tiny, cute thing you love so much,” Cormit concludes. She urges other “bulletproof ladies” to not make the same mistake she did. The CDC encourages women to get the pertussis vaccine in the third trimester of each of their pregnancies in order to protect babies from the cough. Watch the video above.