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Mom Shares A Heart-Wrenching Video Of Her Son Coughing And Crying And Blames Herself For His Catching Whooping Cough

Date September 14, 2018 09:58

Mom nearly lost her son to whooping cough, and now, she’s trying to warn others

Jessica Boren, a young mom of three, had her daughters vaccinated. However, her youngest child, 18-month-old Brody, didn’t get a full set of vaccines recommended for his age, as his mom and dad were afraid shots could harm him and stopped vaccinating when he was 6 months old.

The parents immediately regretted their decision when little Brody contracted potentially deadly pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

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Racked with guilt, Jessica took to Facebook to warn other parents about the dangers of refusing immunizations.

She wrote a long post, blaming herself for putting her son’s life in danger. Her post includes a video of Brody having a severe coughing fit and crying. It’s hard to watch this video without tearing up.

Jessica’s post went viral, and people in the comment section are divided. Some praise the mom for her honesty, encouraging others to vaccinate their children and wishing Brody a speedy recovery:

However, some are still not convinced about the benefits of vaccines:

Fortunately, the boy is doing well. He’s back home from the hospital, and his cough is getting better, the mom wrote.

It’s safe to assume that Jessica changed her mind about vaccines after her family’s terrifying experience. It’s good to know her son is doing well!

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What is whooping cough?

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial respiratory tract infection. If you read Jessica’s post in full, you probably noticed that she had to insist on a pertussis test for her son. That’s because the infection is rather uncommon and it wouldn’t be most doctors' first guess as the cause of severe coughing.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of whooping cough can be similar to those of a common cold in the beginning. As the infection gets worse, thick mucus accumulates in the airways and causes severe coughing. A coughing fit caused by the infection may be bad enough to induce vomiting. Severe coughing can also make it hard to breathe and leaves you fatigued.

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Healthy adults usually recover well, but infants, older people, and individuals with weakened immunity are at a high risk of complications.

Vaccines are the best way to prevent whooping cough, but a single shot won’t provide a life-long immunity to the disease. This means you need to receive booster shots.

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Check if you’re up to date on recommended vaccines to protect yourself and those around you!

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