“The right medication from the hospital saved my Nico…not the traditional healers and kangen water ” says 8-month old; Baby Nico’s mum, in sharing her measles-survivor testimony.
E tala lasi le tele o fautuaga ma faatalanoaga i togafitiga o le faamai oti o le misela e pei ona iai, aemaise lava i le aafia ai o le toatele o nai fanau iti.
O nisi o matua, i le tulaga le mautonu o loo ua oo iai i nisi o taimi ua faamoemoe tasi ai lava i fofo samoa ma isi vaila’au e ese mai i tuiga ma togafitiga o le misela e pei ona tuuina mai e le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina.
Na maua le avanoa o le LOABAY NEWSLINE e talanoa atu ai ise tasi o tina talavou sa faapea ona aafia ile misela si ona alo ia Nico Fa’apouli Feagaimaalii, pepe teine e 8 masina le matua, mai i alalafaga o Vaiusu ma Sapapalii.
Sa ta’ua ai e lenei tina talavou lona agaga faafetai ona o galuega ma togafitiga a alii ma tamaitai fomai ile tasi o potu taofia i Motootua, e faa 6 lava ona ave iai si ana pepe teine o Nico. Faalia foi e lenei tina tulaga faapopoleina na oo iai ile vaai atu ua amata ona mavaevae mai laugutu (sei tulou) faatasi ai ma le fiva o si ana tama ma mamago le tino ona auga lava o le sasao mai o le misela.
I nisi o taimi sa i’u ai lava ina oo atu i nisi o fofo Samoa ma faaoga foi le Kangen water ona o lona naunau ina ia vave ona maua se mapusaga e ta’u faato’a mai ai foliga tigaina o si ana tama i le sasao mai pea o le misela .
Ae o se tulaga na faafetaia ai e lenei tina talavou ia Joyetter ma lona aiga le faaiuga na fai, ina ia tumau pea ona talitali ai i le falemai i togafitiga sa faatinoina e alii ma tamaitai fomai mo Baby Nico.
Ma o se tulaga ua lagona ai lo la’ua aga faafetai i le Atua ona ua tali mai i togafitiga sa faatinoina ma ua toe te’a ai i tua le tamaitai o Nico, ma toe faafoisia le malosi. Aumai ai foi ma se fautuaga a lenei tina talavou mo matua uma, ina ia tautuana, e tatau lava ona auina nai alo ma fanau ile falemai mo togafitiga aemaise o tuiga, pe a vaaia ua amata ona sasao mai auga o le misela.
O se faamatalaga lenei sa tuuina mai e le tina ia Joyetter Fa’apouli Feagaimaali’i; i se tasi o ana tusitusiga i luga o upega tafa’ilagi :My daughter fought for her life and lived, thanks to the doctors and nurses at the TTM. I was reluctant to share her story, but after reading about parents opting to discharge their babies and taking them to fofo Samoa, only to bring them back a few days later and taken straight into the ICU, I was behooved to share my miracle baby.
A month ago, my daughter (was seven months old) was taken infor her MMR dosage shot, a day later symptoms of measles started high fever, teary eyes, runny nose etc and I took her to the hospital, they dismissed it was measles rather it was her body reacting to the shot.
We came home and did the usual tylenol for fever, wet cloths and I used a syringe to feed her, she lost her appetite.
A whole week the fever broke and the rash appeared, Nico was back to normality. I posted abt her kicking measels in the butt, to my dismay the following Monday her fever started all over again and this time it was a 106 farenheit.
I felt my guts twisted looking at the temperature tool. Took her in around 9pm and was told shes teething (with the understanding she had measles the week before).
They claim no baby can contract measles twice. I believed the doctor.
The fever continued onto the next day and she refused the bottle and I took her to a private pediatrician, same diagnosis. I took her back to TTM the same day and was told I was being a paranoid mom and the doctor said the same thing… teething. On Wednesday her fever fluctuated between 103-106 and I took her in to TTM again and after the same diagnosis, I turned to traditional healer.
Worst mistake! I was desparate and seeing her like this broke me into a million pieces and as her mother I acted.
Fourth day, (she hadnt opened her eyes) the taulasea said Nico has the ila. She’s the first of my kids taken to a fofo Samoa, I for one dont belive in traditional healers (with all due respect). Taulasea kept on telling me not to take her to the hospital.
On the fifth day, she was having a hard time breathing and the rash started and it was ugly, unlike the first one she had.
And then I turned to kengen water 🙈. As that man sprayed my daughter I started to break down, looking at everyone, I knew it didnt work but I was hoping for a miracle. He didnt finished the spray but I told him we’re leaving.
We took her for the fifth time to TTM directly to the isolation area and Nico’s lips started shaking.
I made a scene and nurses ran to assist and doctor inspected her chest and said she had pneumonia and it was bad.
I cried hysterically, as Nicos breathing was getting worse, the sound of her cough was heart breaking. As a mother you know her body is changing……deteriorating. I shook off that feeling held it together and carried her down to the xray room while fighting to hold back the flow of tears, but failed.
People around me offered to help, but I ignored the noises, after the Xray we walked back to the isolation area. I held onto her tightly, knowing something was wrong. Doctor said, I brought her in late ( I didnt make a fuss because this was her fifth visit) I was only focused on my her health. I wanted her to live, I needed her to stay with mommy.
The doctor sent us to the ICU upon reviewing her xray and while we were transported by the ambulance I prayed so loud, the driver came and held my hand and we continued praying.
Babies were dying 😭😭 left and right and Nico was still fighting for her life, fighting to stay, fighting to see tomorrow.
Three days of medication and IV we were moved to the nursery and after six days, she was discharged. The point of sharing my daughters story is the FACT that Nico was saved at the hospital with the right medication.
As a mother, our job to fight for our kids. The doctors dont always get it right, esp in time of an epidemic but it is your job to make sure your baby has a fighting chance.
THE RIGHT MEDICATION SAVED MY NICO, STOP TAKING YOUR CHILDREN TO TRADITIONAL HEALERS FOR MEASLES.
I am still reeling the guilt because I made the decision to take her to taulasea.
Please dont make the same mistake I did, it almost cost me my daughter. Ave tamaiti le falemai tusa pe ave nei ma taeao, aua le fati ave pea!
Republished with permission.
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