‘KISS OF DEATH’: New Born Baby fighting for life after catching Herpes in his eye, making him almost to lose blind in one eye.
NOAH Tindle was just four weeks old when his short life was left hanging in the balance. Ashleigh White noticed her son’s right eye had become swollen, blistered and was watering.
I’d read something on Facebook about another baby having the virus and the blisters looked exactly the same.
What I didn’t realise is that even if you don’t have an active cold sore, you still do carry the virus in your system and saliva, meaning you can never be too careful.
After seeking medical advice last year in September, Noah was rushed to the hospital and was quickly diagnosed with Herpes simplex virus 1 [HSV-1] – known as the ‘kiss of death’.
Doctor, Ms. White, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, told that her newborn baby got infected by an infected adult kissing his face, making him almost to lose blind in one eye. After that 21-year-old mum, she quickly identifies the person who did this, and it had been connected at a christening the family had visited together just five days earlier.
He was only four weeks old. We went to a christening where friends were holding and kissing him – it could have been any of them.
Noah – who is now nine-months-old, spent ten weeks in the hospital, improving from the disruption of the virus. Despite relapsing in March (2019) this year, day by day he is recovering well and as he maintains a course of antiviral medication until 2020.
The baby boy was so lucky because mum realized so early, what happened with him or maybe the result could’ve more dangerous.
‘We managed to catch it before it could enter his bloodstream. He couldn’t open his eyes for days,’ said Ashleigh.
As an adult HSV1, would not harm us because as the cold sore virus; however, it can be dangers for newborn baby and babies with the weaker digestive system.
Mum takes Noah to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he had antiviral drugs intravenously, but without quick attack, the virus could’ve reached to his brain and created multiplied organ malfunction.
He spent two hours in theatre for what should have been a half hour operation, because he was so tiny.
He was then to be on the prophylactic antiviral for six months.
Unfortunately, he had a re-occurrence in March and again went through the same thing, two weeks of intense antivirals and now he won’t be off of his medication until March, 2020.
We still have a long way to go yet before we’re out of the dark.
I just want to make more people aware of the risks and consequences of kissing a baby, especially a newborn when you suffer cold sores,” she said.
It is heartbreaking to see your baby so poorly.
I was lucky enough to catch it in time, and still have my little boy with me today, other parents might not be so lucky.
I would do anything to stop other families going through what we did, so please, please, please don’t kiss newborns.
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