There is absolutely nothing scarier than the thought of losing your child - especially when it is a result of something that could have been prevented. With the vaccine conversation at the forefront of so many parents lives, and most parents taking a pretty powerful stance with their beliefs about vaccinating or not to vaccinate, this mom please with parents to move forward with vaccinating their children. This is a completely gut-wrenching plea as it comes after she lost her 2-year-old to measles and is praying for justice.
The devastated mother from Serbia named Dragana Petrovic, took to Facebook yesterday to share her plea and her story. She has two different Facebook pages to raise awareness for the matter, the "Light for Riley" Facebook page, as well as on her own page called "Justice for Nadja," where Petrovic explained how her daughter contracted the viral infection.
Her daughter, Nadja was just 1-year-old, when she was diagnosed with autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1. She shared that she had contracted the disease when her baby girl was staying in the same hospital room as a little boy in Serbia in January this year. Because of this diagnoses, she could not receive the measles vaccination, known as MMR, which is the very common shot that protects children from mumps, measles, and rubella.
The family was in the hospital often because of an oral therapy that Nadje needed. “We often stayed in the hospital because simply oral therapy could not raise the level of calcium, which was extremely low,” Petrovic explained on Facebook. “We hoped that the collective immunity would protect her in the course of an epidemic.”
Much like with different groups of parents here in America, Petrovic shared of anti-vaccination movement happening in Serbia, which then lead to a measles outbreak there.
They did everything that they could to keep sweet Nadja safe, but they quickly learned that the boy in the bed next to them at the hospital has measles. “At the moment, my world collapsed, I knew that she would get it, but again in the depths of the soul I hoped she will not,” Petrovic wrote.
It was only a few days later, but Nadja came down with a fever and the family knew immediately what it was. "I trembled, cried, but REALLY hoped it was not measles. On the same day in the evening, Nadja drowned in a dream from which she never woke up again ... she did not eat, did not drink, she did not wake up, she did not respond ... she was getting worse every day, her needs for oxygen were bigger, and we received confirmation that she was contaminated with measles."
The baby fought for her life for almost three whole months, but on April 4, 2018, her heart failed and she lost her battle with this terrible disease. Petrovic took to social media because she knew how important it is to raise awareness of what this horrible disease is capable of doing and hopes that parents who might be weighing their options about vaccinations choose to move forward and make sure that all of their children are up to date with their immunizations.