OKLAHOMA CITY — A baby boy is in the hospital with what may be another case of whooping cough in Oklahoma.
Five-week-old Cullen Galmor is from Elk City, the same place where another newborn contracted the illness and died weeks ago.
“We know that God has a plan for our baby and we just have to find comfort in what his plan is,” mother Devyn Galmor said.
Galmor said she started noticing the symptoms of Whooping Cough, also known as Pertussis, about a week ago.
She immediately rushed Cullen to the doctor.
He is now being treated at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.
Seven-week-old Aiden Smith passed away a couple of weeks ago after contracting Pertussis.
Galmor said she is friends with the Smith family, which is why she knew what symptoms to look out for.
“That is the only reason why I knew to bring my baby up to get looked at and checked out,” Galmor said. “It turned from a little cough to a series of coughs and that right then and there is when I brought him up and that’s when we knew we needed to catch it early. Something was wrong with our child.”
Both families are now encouraging everyone, adults and children, to get the vaccination.
Aiden and Cullen were too young to get the vaccination leaving them vulnerable.
The families have set up a Facebook page called “50 for Aiden.”
Every county health department in Oklahoma offers the pertussis vaccination.