A devastated mother from Serbia named Dragana Petrovic has taken to Facebook to share the absolutely heart-wrenching story of losing her 2-year-old to measles. On the “Light for Riley” Facebook page, as well as on her own page called “Justice for Nadja,” Petrovic explained how her daughter contracted the viral infection.
When Nadja was just 1, she was diagnosed with autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1.
Due to her diagnosis, Nadja was unable to get the MMR vaccine.
The common shot guards against mumps, measles, and rubella.
“We often stayed in the hospital because simply oral therapy could not raise the level of calcium, which was extremely low,” Petrovic explained on Facebook. “We hoped that the collective immunity would protect her in the course of an epidemic.”
According to the post on “Light for Riley,” “a growing anti-vaccine movement in Serbia” has lead to “a measles outbreak with thousands and thousands of cases reported.”
Despite their best efforts to keep Nadja safe, they soon learned that the boy in the bed next to hers at the hospital had measles.
“At the moment, my world collapsed, I knew that she would get it, but again in the depths of the soul I hoped she will not,” Petrovic wrote.
Days later, her daughter came down with a fever. “I knew immediately what it was,” Petrovic said. “I trembled, cried, but REALLY hoped it was not measles. On the same day in the evening, Nadja drowned in a dream from which she never woke up again … she did not eat, did not drink, she did not wake up, she did not respond … she was getting worse every day, her needs for oxygen were bigger, and we received confirmation that she was contaminated with measles.”
Nadja’s struggle for her life lasted almost three months.