Baby Dies from Haemophilus Influenza

Haemophilus Influenzae is a deadly bacteria that can kill mother and baby during pregnancy. H influenza is an infection that is rare in the Western world, but it does still occur. It can be caused when a mother has not had the vaccine against H Influenza, and its cause has also been attributed to ‘aggressive’ digital examination of the cervix, as described in this article.


Page 2 of this article presents one mother's story. T’s message – for both parents and medical professionals – is a very important one. T told us: “I want to prevent other women and babies from suffering if possible”. For T’s full and moving story, read page 2 (click below)

Comments (1)

Said this on 19-02-13 At 09:24 am

I was very sick for a while during my pregnancy. I never really thought much of it. A common cold. I put the nausea down to morning sickness. When I was 28 weeks, a little bit after my 18th birthday,  I told my midwife that something was wrong, after being nauseous & bed-ridden for a week, my son wasn't moving, & he was a kicking machine at his quiet times. I was told to get to the Birthing Unit straight away. 

Once there, the doctors told me he was fine, he was probably just sleeping. I knew for a fact this wasn't true. On his scan he wasn't moving, he wasn't reacting to the doctor's pushing on my tummy. He looked like a very, very sick baby. Not only was his blood pressure reading 80 then to 160 then to 200, the doctors didn't seem bothered & took some bloods. After assuring me everything was fine, they sent me home. 

I woke up the next morning at 4.00 am with contractions. I was told to relax, then at 7.30 my mother-in-law said I was definitely in labour & needed to get to the hospital. When I got there, the doctors wouldnt believe I was in labour until they felt for themselves that I was 10 centimetres dialated. I had all sorts of people surrounding me, stabbing me in the legs with steriods, helping me deliver my baby boy. 

He was 3 pounds 3 ounces, & when he came out he wasn't moving. I never got to hold him. He was resuscitated for a couple of minutes then rushed in an ambulance to a better hopsital with a NICU ward. When I finally got to see him, he was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I noticed that he was very purplish-red, but gorgeous. 

Because they made me push at 6cm, my son had two brain bleeds, one on either side of his head, & he wasn't breathing on his own. Throughout all the blood transfusions & the machines beeping all the time,  my son fought for three days solid. 

He passed away in my arms on October 2nd, 2012. I got to cuddle him while he was on morphine. My heart will never heal, my love for him will never go. There is nothing more terribly shattering or devastating as losing a child because no one prepares you for how much you fall in love with them.

My son didn't just have Haemophilus Influenzae, he had Haemophilus Influenza Type B (HIB): the rarest & most life threatening type of the virus. 

My son was a fighter & I hope this opens the eyes of expectant mothers to go & get the vaccine as soon as you can or even before you start trying. Nothing is worth losing a child. I was 18 when my son died. That is not something I would put on anyone. Make sure you see your doctor & discuss everything you can with him. Don't leave out any questions. Take care of yourself & get a cervical ultrasound as well as a tummy ultrasound. I want Haemophilus Influenzae gone for good so no one else has to go through what my partner & I went through.  So please, get immunised.

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