Need to rethink the process

Dear Editor,

Re: Two babies die after vaccination 

The two toddlers are not the only deaths from the MMR. Some children are genetically susceptible to the vaccine it seems. Therefore compulsory and punitive legislation should be abandoned.

It is a lottery parents may not want to play.

Speaking to the Herald through their Auckland-based lawyer, Leuluaiali’i Olinda Woodroffe, the couple revealed their first child - a son they named Jamie Ray - was born in March, 2015.

He died just over a year later, on May 3, a few days after he received an MMR shot at Samoa’s main hospital: Moto’otua Hospital.

The complications that led to Jamie Ray’s death involved multiple organ failure which, at one point, doctors thought may have been appendicitis, his parents said.

On March 30, 2017 - two days after what would have been their son’s second birthday - they welcomed daughter Alana-Rae into the world.

In early April, they took their daughter for her scheduled MMR vaccination.

That’s where [Alana-Rae] was vaccinated. Then they noticed the difficulty with the child.’’

Four days later, the family was planning a second funeral.

Woodroffe said a Starship Hospital report indicated Alana-Rae may have had a genetic condition that was a factor in her death also.

“Once the MMR injection was given to them their body’s immune system went into hyper-drive and that’s not supposed to happen,” Karl Laulu told 1News.




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