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Bexley Parents Distraught as Newborn Placed in Coma from Whooping Cough at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford

A young couple from Bexley are sharing their harrowing experience after their two-week-old daughter, Polly Deehy, was diagnosed with whooping cough and placed in a coma for 10 days at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.

Kerry Pearson and her partner, Jack Deehy, were caught off guard when their newborn suddenly turned blue and stopped breathing. After four days of coughing at home, they rushed Polly to the hospital where she was put on a ventilator and placed in an induced coma. Thankfully, Polly has since woken up and is breathing independently.

Kerry admits that she knew very little about whooping cough before her daughter was diagnosed. She considers Polly lucky to have come through the illness without any lasting damage. The couple was overjoyed when they were finally able to hold their daughter for the first time in 10 days.

Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that can be fatal for infants under three months old. While most people make a full recovery, it can cause kidney problems and brain damage in those who survive it. Kerry is now urging expecting parents to be aware of the illness and get vaccinated during pregnancy to pass on antibodies to their baby.

Polly’s story began when she was born on March 26 after a smooth delivery. However, a few days after returning home, Kerry started feeling ill with chills, a headache, and a rattly cough. Polly also developed a cough, which quickly escalated. Four days later, she turned blue and stopped breathing, leading her parents to rush her to the hospital.

After being diagnosed with whooping cough, Polly was slowly taken off life support and is now recovering in a pediatric ward. Kerry is grateful that they caught the illness in time and urges others to be aware of the symptoms and seek medical attention immediately if their child shows signs of whooping cough.

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