A MUM has released shocking pictures of her baby daughter in hospital covered in a measles rash and with her eyes swollen shut – and blasted anti-vaxxers for letting it happen.
Baby Alba Moss, from London, was in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in central London for more than a week earlier this month.
Her mum Jilly Moss told how Alba hadn’t had her measles vaccination yet as the first dose of the MMR jab (measles, mumps and rubella) is only given at around 13 months old.
Even then you need follow up doses around three years old, as just one dose does not fully protect against the illnesses.
She told Fabulous Digital in an exclusive interview: “She was one on April 1 and was very poorly with a high temperatures of more than 40.
“We took her back and forth to the doctors and she was then rushed to A&E in an ambulance.”
Floppy and unresponsive”, Alba was diagnosed with suspected measles.
“By this point her eyes were swollen shut she couldn’t open them for four days,” her mum continued.
“She continued to deteriorate the doctors wanted to rule out other illnesses like meningitis, Kawasaki (which causes a rash and affects the lymph nodes) and so on.
“She was extremely poorly and needed oxygen and antibiotics to help.
“Her body swelled up if it wasn’t for the care of the doctors and nurses we believe she would not turned the corner to recovery.
“Her body was too little to fight this alone.
“Anti-vaxxers believe all she needed was a dark room vitamin A.”
She added: “She would have she would have died if we had kept her at home to fight this alone.
“She needed to be tube fed she couldn’t swallow and she was so dehydrated the doctors couldn’t take her blood. She was tube fed for eight days.
“I am so adamant that people need to see how poorly she was.
“Before this she has been a very well baby.
“We worry for the future and the lasting effects all we can do is hope and pray that she will be okay and she won’t have anymore complications.
“Her cough is still very bad so she will be monitored to make sure her chest stays clear so there’s no risk of pneumonia.”
In her shocking Facebook post, which has been shared 27,000 times, Jilly – who confirmed to Fabulous that Alba was better – said: “Posting these heartbreaking images of our beautiful baby girl who contracted measles is extremely difficult.
“She was too young for her MMR vaccination when she got sick which meant she has had to fight this killer virus with no immunity.
“Measles is not just a rash it can cause blindness, encephalitis and pneumonia.
“We need to do more people. Get your children vaccinated.”
She spoke as The Sun revealed the number of cases of measles shot up a terrifying 300 per cent worldwide in the first three months of 2019, the UN has warned.
The truth is this all could have been prevented if the protection layer of older kids above Alba had been vaccinated.
Fear is now growing over the impact anti-vaxxers are having on public health.
Measles is highly contagious and can be entirely prevented by having the jab – but increasing numbers of parents are shunning the vaccination.
Jilly continued in the post: “The MMR does not cause life threatening issues like measles does.
“Your babies might feel under the weather for a day or so but believe me you’d accept that over what we have been through.
“It has been absolutely horrific watching our daughter fight this with her eyes swollen shut for four days.
“She has been in the dark, scared with a high fever that lasted for over two weeks.
“In hospital she has been scanned, X-ray-ed, poked, prodded, bloods taken, lumbar punctures done, cannulas fitted, swabs taken, ECG, obs done every 20 mins, tube fed, on a drip, oxygen, pumped full of drugs, anti-inflammatory pain relief antibiotics… you name it she’s had it.
“The truth is this all could have been prevented if the protection layer of older kids above Alba had been vaccinated.”
She urged parents to “educate themselves” about measles. “Do whatever you need to do because without the care of Chelsea and Westminster doctors our beautiful baby would not be here today.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said: “Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300 per cent in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.”
It said that cases have been rising for two years.
In fact, the organisation warned that rates of measles had hit a decade high across the UK and Europe earlier this year.
“While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend. Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases,” a WHO spokesman said.