Worried Swansea mum Helen Lloyd feared her daughter Molly could die after being diagnosed with measles
A MUM has told how she feared her two-year-old daughter was going to die after contracting measles — despite having the first dose of MMR.
Worried Helen Lloyd said the worst case scenario went through her mind as it took a week for Molly to be diagnosed with the highly infectious virus.
But the 33-year-old veterinary nurse from Fforestfach said she believed her little girl would have suffered even more if she hadn't had the first dose of the vaccine.
Molly was due to have the second dose of the vaccine later this year — meaning she could have been fully immunised against the virus.
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Miss Lloyd said: "I feared the worst because she was so unwell. I have never seen her like that.
"My partner Jamie thought that we were going to lose her, as she was limp. I was really worried we would lose her too, it went through my mind."
The youngster, who turns three next month, became ill with a high temperature on Sunday, March 10.
Molly was initially diagnosed with an ear infection, then a chest infection and a few days later — bout of tonsillitis.
She was given a course of antibiotics and saw a number of GPs.
But her parents weren't given the diagnosis of measles until last weekend.
Molly, who had been ill with chicken pox just three weeks earlier, was taken into Morriston Hospital's paediatric unit last Thursday, after being seen at Swansea's GP out of hour service, when she suddenly broke out into a rash.
She had to be kept in isolation in the hospital for three days.
Miss Lloyd said that while in hospital, Molly was so ill she had difficulty opening her eyes and going to the toilet.
Miss Lloyd said she and her 36-year-old plumber partner Jamie Walkey were upset that their daughter had become ill.
And they were worried it might be because other youngsters had not been given two doses of the MMR jab, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.
Miss Lloyd added: "I have never seen measles and I am pleased I had given Molly one dose of the vaccine.
"Some parents have decided not to vaccinate their children, and in my view, they have put my child's health and others like her at serious risk.
"I think it's irresponsible.
"I am very angry because I was worried I could have lost my daughter."
She said Molly was so unwell she had lost weight off her face and legs as she was unable to eat properly for nine days.
She said Molly also underwent a chest X-ray to check for pneumonia, a complication of measles.
Miss Lloyd said she was grateful for all the support Molly had when she was in hospital.
"I want to say a massive thank you to Morriston Hospital's paediatrics department," she said.
"I cannot thank them enough."
Little Molly is now recovering at her Swansea home under the watchful eye of both her parents in case she needs further hospital treatment.