Mother's furious warning after babies given deadly virus
A HEARTBROKEN mother has warned people to stay away from babies if they're sick after her twins contracted a deadly virus
Her daughters Harlow and Harper became ill after a friend who was sick visited them.
Now mother Laura Wallis is warning people to not go near babies if they are sick.
"One twin on oxygen and a feeding tube and another heading the same way so please if you are sick even with a minor cold do not go near babies," she pleaded on Facebook.
Ms Wallis' twins are just six weeks old and the Daily Mail reports they have Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which can be fatal if babies contract it. RSV is an infection in the lung and breathing passages and adults with RSV often think it's just the common cold. It spreads through droplets if somebody coughs or sneezes.
"It is heartbreaking and extremely scary to see them like this, I just sit next to their beds every day staring at the monitors," Ms Wallis said.
"When I leave, even for a moment, I am anxious about what I might come back to.
"I am constantly worried something will happen and their condition will go down even further."
The newborns have been in hospital almost a week and Ms Wallis said she's furious they had been infected with such a serious illness.
She first noticed her babies were sick when Harper went floppy and was breathing heavily when Ms Wallis went to wake her up last Tuesday.
"I was terrified, I thought I was going to lose her - the ambulance came straight away and by the time I got to the hospital she was attached to oxygen and had a feeding tube," the Melbourne mother said.
Just two days later, Harlow was rushed to hospital.
"At this stage I knew why they were sick - I had heard of RSV - but I didn't realise how bad it could be or that it would just look like a common cold," the mother said.
Harlow and Harper were five weeks premature and Ms Wallis was aware there was a higher risk of them contracting illnesses. Ms Wallis said her family and friends were told not to visit if they were sick.
"I just can't believe someone decided they would be able to risk it with my babies. Now they could die," she said.
She said she felt like this took away her ability to be a mother and Ms Wallis is now too scared to get too close to her babies or show them affection.
"Every time we hold them for too long all of the alarms go off, it is really scary," she said.
Ms Wallis also has a six-year-old and a three-year-old and she is heartbroken she has spent all her time at the hospital and not given her sons the attention they need as well.
"Even if you have a runny nose don't risk it - with babies it can be life or death because they haven't built up a strong immune system," she said.