On Monday, Sydney mother Sandra Tee posted distressing footage of her five-week-old baby suffering from a Whooping Cough episode in a bid to educate families on the importance of vaccinations.
The video, posted to her Facebook page shows young Heidi struggling to breathe in a hospital bed and being supplied with oxygen, however the mother of two urges parents not to ignore the warning signs writing on Facebook “our baby girl only had a slight cough to start.”
“Whooping cough is not always a loud obvious cough. The scary symptom for babies is when they don’t cough but silently choke and turn purple/blue from lack of oxygen.”
The video has been viewed almost 400,000 times and sends a critical message about vaccinating children showing what can happen when babies don’t get vaccinated and sadly what happens when they are too young like Heidi.
“Babies rely on herd immunity to keep them safe and unfortunately we cannot achieve that without high vaccination rates.”
Tee went on to say “If we weren’t in hospital and sitting watching out baby 24/7 the outcome would be fatal.”
“Please share this to educate more people on the importance of vaccinations.”
Tee said her husband has been amazing and they are taking shifts to watch over little Heidi until she recovers.