AUSTRALIA – A mother is urging parents to vaccinate after her one-month-old son died from whooping cough.
Catherine and Greg Hughes’ son, Riley, was born Feb. 13, 2015.
When Riley was just three weeks old, he began coughing, his parents told BuzzFeed.
The baby boy was eventually diagnosed with whooping cough.
Sadly, Riley’s symptoms grew worse and he died in March at just 32 days old.
Riley’s mother has since launched the Facebook page Light for Riley, where she urges pregnant women to be vaccinated for whooping cough.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says all women should get the vaccine during each pregnancy, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks – to protect themselves and their baby.
Catherine says she was never told about the vaccination.
Recently, she shared a heartbreaking video of her son Riley during his last days, hoping to bring awareness to the vaccination.
“[We] are sharing this in the hopes that it will convince just one more pregnant Mum to protect their baby from this disease. I wish I had known about pregnancy vaccination when I was pregnant with Riley,” Catherine wrote.
*Warning – contains content that some may find distressing*
These are the final videos of our beautiful son Riley who passed away from whooping cough on the 17th of March, 2015.
I have always kept these videos to myself, as it makes my blood run cold listening to my beautiful boy cough like that. But we are sharing this in the hopes that it will convince just one more pregnant Mum to protect their baby from this disease. I wish I had known about pregnancy vaccination when I was pregnant with Riley.
In the beginning, Riley didn’t have a “whoop” sound in his cough, but it certainly developed once he was in hospital. If your newborn baby has a cough, and is too young to be vaccinated, please get them checked out by a doctor! Early intervention CAN help.
I loved being Riley’s Mum for those four weeks. I wish it were longer. Please share to help ensure no more babies die from this disease, which I hope one day will be relegated to the history books.
– Riley’s Mum x