JATIE BEAUTY, Calif.
— A little-known drug in the U.S. that has the power to help newborns stop crying has been giving parents in the Pacific Northwest a scare, prompting some parents to take their kids off the drug.
“This drug was a breakthrough, and it really did save lives,” said Jita Beasley, a mother in the Bay Area who has been using pacific for about a year.
Her child was born with a rare genetic disorder that causes severe facial paralysis, and she says it took a while for doctors to recognize the risks.
But it was a miracle for Jita, a 34-year-old nurse, who was told she had the gene in her newborn son, who died in January.
Her son was born in March, just months after he had the virus, and he didn’t get the vaccine.
Her daughter was born two weeks later, and her husband, a surgeon, had to take her off the medicine.
“The baby didn’t feel like he had any pain.
I knew that it was probably going to be something for the rest of his life,” she said.
But the doctor she consulted told her the child might not get enough oxygen to survive, and the hospital did not give the parents the vaccine, even though the parents had been informed about the possibility.
“We had no idea we were not going to get the vaccination, but we were just like, ‘Okay, it’s our turn now, what’s the plan?'”
Jita said her husband was “shocked” and thought, “How can he be doing this if he didn?””
It was very frightening, I think, for him.
I mean, he was just devastated.
And I don’t think he knew the risks or knew that,” she added.
She took her two young children and was transferred to a different hospital, where they were tested for the virus and given a booster dose.
The parents who started the new vaccination plan say it has been successful.”
They’ve been really patient.
I’ve been very patient with them.
And they’ve been incredibly supportive, and they’re really grateful,” said Beasley.
But for some parents, like Beasley and her children, the vaccine has brought back memories of the pain and sadness they felt in those weeks when their child was not receiving the vaccine or their son was left in a coma.”
I have a lot of feelings, like, what did I do wrong?
What did I say?
What was I thinking?
What were my thoughts?” said Jetta Beasley in an interview with ABC News.
Jetta said the children are now safe, and that they are proud of their mom and dad for keeping their promise to take the vaccine when they learned they were not getting it.
“She made a big commitment to give him a shot, and I think she deserves that, but the decision was theirs.
It’s her decision.
It was their choice.
It should have been her decision,” she explained.”
It’s not the right thing to do, and we can’t just be silent about it,” said another parent, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media.
The California Nurses Association, which represents the nurses who administer the vaccine for the state, has also been pushing for more vaccines.
“If we do not have a vaccine, it is imperative that we do everything we can to vaccinate as many people as possible, especially in this critical time of pandemic, so that we are not leaving our children with the potential for more severe illness, including post-vaccination post-pandemic complications,” the group said in a statement.
“With the introduction of the Pacifica Beauty, we can provide our community with another important vaccine that protects both our patients and our communities,” said Dr. David Loy, executive director of the association.