WARNING: This story contains graphic photos of a child with a severe skin condition.
If you’re a soon-to-be parent who has ever considered not vaccinating your unborn baby, we’re hoping that the following tragic story will convince you to do the smart thing for your child and countless others.
As you can see in this story, there are plenty of reasons to vaccinate your child, but after seeing the photos below of 2-year-old Jasper Allen, we pray that parents will stop the nonsense and protect their kids from never suffering like this boy had to.
Much like this poor child who contracted a horrifying bout of chickenpox from an unvaccinated child, 36-year-old Sarah Allen of Saint Neots, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom was devastated when her son Jasper developed severe chickenpox after suffering from scarlet fever in mid-July.
Yet, Allen was appalled when she was turned away by her children’s doctor, deeming Jasper’s condition not severe enough for an emergency appointment.
“When I first called our local GP’s surgery I spoke to the receptionist to make an appointment for Jasper but when I told her it was chickenpox she said to me ‘every mother thinks their child has bad chickenpox,'” Allen told Metro U.K.
“I knew I wasn’t being a neurotic mother – I have two children and have run a nursery and seen hundreds of kids with chickenpox before so I knew this wasn’t normal”
Soon after she was turned away from the doctor, the mother of two’s youngest child became far worse and was admitted to the emergency room. “It was scary but I was also relieved I was actually being taken seriously and they were doing something about it,” Allen said.
Jasper, who was not vaccinated after birth due to being ineligible for immunization by National Health Service, spent 5 days in the hospital on an IV drip, antiviral medication, antibiotics and morphine recovering from the most severe case of chickenpox his doctors had ever seen.
“We couldn’t hold him for three days because he screamed every time we touched him,” Allen told Metro UK. “It is worse when it’s your own child because all you want is to take the pain away for them, it broke my heart.”
According to Metro, doctors don’t know why Jasper contracted such severe chickenpox, but he is currently undergoing heart scans to make sure there are no lasting effects.
Now Sarah and husband Keith Allen are calling on the government to make the chickenpox vaccination part of the NHS’s routine childhood immunizations, so this never happens to other kids in the U.K.
“We are one of the only countries who do not routinely vaccinate against chickenpox – Europe, the USA and Australia all now do,” she said.
“My kids have had all their immunizations but this was not something that ever crossed my mind to vaccinate them against privately.”
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[Featured Image: Mercury Press via Metro UK]