A mother who passed whooping cough on to her newborn after catching it in the final two weeks of her pregnancy has sent an urgent warning to mums-to-be.
The mum, known only as Cormit, was offered a vaccination against the condition when she was 28 weeks pregnant, but she refused it because she was “healthy, fit and organic”.
Sharing a video on Gold Coast Health’s Facebook page, the Australian mother explained she had spent the past three weeks in hospital with her daughter Eva.
“Eva was diagnosed with whopping cough and it’s been a nightmare,” she explained.
“It’s a lot of suffering for a baby you love so much.”
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs and airways.
The condition usually begins with a persistent dry and irritating cough that…