Age at death – 9 weeks
Cause of death – Whooping cough
Vaccination status – Unvaccinated due to young age
What happened – Little Kailis was taken to the doctor with cold-like symptoms, sometime towards the middle/end of March 2011. He was sent home; his parents were told he had a cold. However, things got worse and within a couple of days he had to be rushed back to the hospital. He had stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated twice on his way back to hospital.
Kailis was put on life support on March 31st; he was given only a 10% chance of survival. He fought bravely, however his little body gave up the fight on April 22, 2011. He was not vaccinated due to his young age. His parents, sibling and their friends were all vaccinated. They do not know how Kailis was exposed to the virus; the most likely culprit would be someone in the public who was infected. His distraught parents are pleading with everyone to get vaccinated. Said his mom, Roslynd:
Get everyone vaccinated,” she said.“It’s such an outbreak at the moment, people in their 20s don’t realise that they need another vaccination.
“It could have been someone in their 20s or 30s or someone older that gave my son this illness.
“Everyone around me and my family, we’re all vaccinated so it’s come from somebody that hasn’t been.”
“I always hoped and prayed for a little boy and to have him and have him ripped away from us is just terrible,” Mrs Smith said.
“Anyone who saw a baby with whooping cough would change their mind,” Mr Smith said. “It’s a horrible, horrible disease and people just don’t realise. And it’s not just whooping cough coming back. TB and measles are coming back with a vengeance.”
Kailis dad had this to say:
”This is why everyone should be immunised,” said Kailis’s dad Jay.
”A lot of people don’t believe in it, but I am pleading with everyone to be immunised.”
Our hearts go out to Kailis’ family; we are very sorry for your tragic loss.