Sometimes, we all must face difficult topics in order to better the world.
In this vein, a mother shared a video of her baby, Riley Hughes, who, at the age of just 1 month, died of whooping cough.
In an attempt to raise awareness of vaccination and symptoms of the disease, Catherine Hughes posted a video of her son battling the cough on Facebook.
It's not easy to watch the video of Riley coughing and struggling. Catherine accompanied the footage with a plea for other mothers to get vaccinated before giving birth and immediately see a doctor if their newborns have coughs.
WARNING: This video contains content some people may find disturbing.
The cough that killed Riley Hughes*Warning - contains content that some may find distressing*These are the final videos of our beautiful son Riley who passed away from whooping cough on the 17th of March, 2015.I have always kept these videos to myself, as it makes my blood run cold listening to my beautiful boy cough like that. But we are sharing this in the hopes that it will convince just one more pregnant Mum to protect their baby from this disease. I wish I had known about pregnancy vaccination when I was pregnant with Riley.In the beginning, Riley didn't have a "whoop" sound in his cough, but it certainly developed once he was in hospital. If your newborn baby has a cough, and is too young to be vaccinated, please get them checked out by a doctor! Early intervention CAN help.I loved being Riley's Mum for those four weeks. I wish it were longer. Please share to help ensure no more babies die from this disease, which I hope one day will be relegated to the history books.- Riley's Mum x Posted by Light for Riley on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Citations: Devastated Mother Shares Warning Video of Her Baby's Deadly Struggle With Whooping Cough (Cosmopolitan), Parents share video of baby's last days to promote whooping cough vaccination (The Guardian)