One new mom is speaking out after her newborn ended up in the intensive care unit because she refused immunizations while pregnant.
In a powerful video posted on Facebook, the Australian first-time mom identified as Cormit describes her heartbreaking reality after she decided not to receive the whooping cough vaccination during her 28th week of pregnancy.
"Being the healthy, fit, organic woman that I am, I said 'Leave me alone, I don't need this crap,'" she recalled. Yet, despite working out every day and eating healthy, she contracted whooping cough during her last two weeks of pregnancy.
While the illness didn't take much of a toll on Cormit — she didn't even know that she had it until she went to her doctor after her natural birth — it quickly became a serious situation for her newborn, Eva: "Within two weeks the cough became pretty scary — horror movie, coughing to the point of turning blue, flopping in my hands, can't breathe, running into hospital."
Since then, Cormit has spent nearly four weeks in the hospital watching her daughter suffer. Despite her original anti-vaccination stance, she said that she would get immunized if she could turn back time. "It's so hard to watch your tiny little thing and they go red, from red they go blue, and sometimes they go a bit black," Cormit said. "For a moment you think they're dead in your hands. They flop."