Jude: severe complication from Rotavirus vaccine nearly kills him at 3 months old
- Three month old Jude received 6 vaccines on the 27th April.
- Four days later he was taken to hospital with a vaccine reaction, his condition deteriorated.
- A week after his vaccines Jude parents were informed he had collapsed veins, an obstruction to his intestines and intussusception. Doctors confirmed this was a result of the Rotavirus vaccine.
Jude Conners, just 3 months old, is the latest Rotavirus vaccine victim. Luckily he survived. Not all do.
In fact, France took the Rotavirus vaccine off its childhood vaccine schedule after three babies died of the very complication baby Jude had: intussusception. The US vaccine reaction reporting system has received more then 26,000 reports of serious reactions and side effects of the Rotavirus vaccine, including intussusception. 673 deaths have been reported.
In the words of his mother in a Facebook post from May 5, 2018:
On Friday, April 27th, Jude received 6 vaccines: rotavirus (rotarix), DTaP (Infanrix) and Pneumococcal (Synflorix). On Tuesday, Jude started refusing feeds, nappies dried up and he was constantly grizzly, lethargic and spent his day flopped in pain in my arms. On Wednesday, he had deteriorated and started vomiting so we took him to North Shore hospital. He was monitored for a couple of hours, but doctors concluded he had a gastro bug and we were sent home.
On Thursday, Jude continued to vomit and still couldn’t keep anything down. On Friday, we took him back to our GP who sent us straight to Waitakere hospital to be checked out by their Pediatric team.
At this point, Jude hadn’t fed or filled a nappy in 3 days and he was exhausted and struggled to even cry. He had a feeding tube inserted and they started to rehydrate him. Despite this, his condition continued to get worse.
Around 10pm on May 4th Jude suddenly had a large blood and jelly-like filled bowel movement. We hit the emergency button.
It was the hardest thing to stand back and watch as a group of strangers stepped in. After 5 attempts they finally managed to insert a line into his collapsed veins.
Our baby was rushed to hospital too unwell to even blink
Then our tiny 3 month old, too unwell to even blink was strapped on a gurney and put into the ambulance. An immediate X-ray revealed an obstruction in his intestines which was further confirmed by ultrasound.
We were informed that Jude’s suffering was a result of the Rotavirus vaccine.
The live virus from the vaccine had multiplied and spread fast through Jude’s tiny body. The constant vomiting and dehydration caused Intussusception (where one part of the bowel slides into the next). The constant morphine still wasn’t enough to subside Jude’s pain.
Around 3am the radiologists attempted to perform an air enema to free the intestine. As air was passed into his bowel suddenly the procedure had to be halted as a hole in his bowel meant it was unsafe to continue. We listened (and sobbed) as the doctors phoned to wake up the Chief of Pediatric surgery and head anesthetist for emergency surgery.
By this stage, Jude’s skin was so pale, his eyes had sunken in and his colouring turned grey/yellow. With my gut ripped to shreds from stress and my heart completely smashed, we had to give our tiny baby one last kiss before he left for surgery.
We had to give our tiny baby one last kiss before he left for surgery.
It was at this point the true seriousness of what was happening finally sunk in. The surgeons had to open him right up to carefully work their way through his intestines, clearing and untangling them. Where the intussusception had developed the intestine had started to collapse and die. As a result this part of his large intestine along with some of his small intestine and appendix had to be removed.
Jude´s father and I spent the next couple of hours balling and trying hard not to panic.
After 2.5hrs we heard that the surgery had gone well and about an hour later were finally able to see our boy. As soon as I saw him with lines everywhere, tubes and devices all around him — I lost it. Nearly passing out, I was made to lay down before falling down. Then panic attack hit hard. I physically couldn’t look at my tiny baby in so much pain.
He is now out of intensive care and settled on the ward. He’s drugged up to his eyeballs and is still in significant pain. The team will try to get his temp down, monitor his breathing while he’s on so much morphine, and pump him with antibiotics to reduce any further complications.
We spent the weeks before our immunization date trying to research the vaccine. Information was hard to find. With the statistics (which I can almost guarantee are not accurate) provided, we decided to take the chance and go a head with these immunizations.
In our minds contracting Rotavirus itself would be ten times worse than the pain of the quick vaccine. In hindsight, if we knew the complete risks and statistics involved we would not have gone a head.
The vaccine which was meant to prevent our child from contracting Rotavirus instead guaranteed he would experience it in FULL FORCE and suffer every possible complication that can go with the virus.
I know from past experiences that the risks of immunizations are NOT appropriately discussed before a decision is made. All you hear is that they are fine with no or low risk of complication. This does not constitute informed risk, a key right for any patient undergoing any medical procedure. Jude´s father and I knew straight away something had gone wrong as a result of the vaccines but every doctor we brought it up with seemed dismissive of the idea.
Strange enough the couple next door to us also had a 3 month-old immunized just a few days earlier. He had exactly the same symptoms and complications. This proves its not that rare.
Further to this we both knew of others who have also had similar complications from the Rotavirus vaccine *ding ding ding alarm bells*
A vaccine to prevent rotavirus gastroenteritis was first licensed in 1998 but was withdrawn in 1999 because of its association with an uncommon type of bowel obstruction called “intussusception.”
Yet a “slightly adapted” form of the vaccine was added to the NZ vaccine schedule on July 1, 2014.
Our poor children are guinea pigs. We nearly lost our little boy, but hey at least they got another vaccine sale. Even with such a serious reaction, our experience will undoubtably be swept under the rug.
We sit next to our fragile 3 month old, unable to hold him and can only watch as he struggles with pain. I’m so angry and heartbroken.
My children will no longer be guinea pigs!!!
Parents please be vigilant and do your own research before allowing your child to be injected with something that can cause potential harm. Ask questions, demand accurate and reliable statistics and seek answers. Don’t just give consent.
This is our story. I’m not suggesting nor implying that you don’t immunize. Each to their own. Take what you will from this. But this is what happened to us. We are devastated.
Rotavirus vaccines in France: because of three infant deaths and many serious side effects, Rotavirus vaccines were pulled from the childhood vaccine schedule
There have been 26,321 reports of serious injury from the Rotavirus vaccine, including 673 DEATHS