8-month Anji atrophied infant died after BCG vaccination

Updated:Fri, May 20, 2011 09:52 AM   By Bernd Chang

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Little Ruirui now has wrinkled and tattered skin, and is painfully thin.

May 20,2010,Shanghai - 8-month old Ruirui has been diagnosed with several serious medical conditions and he died on May 19. Expert said said that Ruirui's case was a special one and that his abnormal reaction to the BCG vaccination could have been because of a deficiency in his immune system.

 

Ruirui was born on Spetember 21, 2010 in a happy family of Anji County, Huzhou City of Eastchina's Zhejiang province. But only after a month, all the happiness vanished and nightmare fell on the family.

On October 26,2010, Ruirui's grandma took him to the township clinic to have him invaccined with Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine, or shortly BCG vaccine, which is a vaccine against tuberculosis. But nobody expected this injection is the start of nightmare of Little Ruirui.

After one week, rash was all over the body of Ruirui and it itched extremely. One month later, enlarged lymph nodes were felt underarm and his lung was infected with bacteria. Another half month passed by and Ruirui was pronounced to be critically ill.

Last Thursday, his parent took him to the Anji county hospital, where he was warded.

Ruirui's muscles have atrophied and his ribs are clearly visible in his thin body.

His skin, which has layers of folds, is also peeling.

He has been diagnosed with several serious medical conditions - acute bronchial pneumonia, sepsis, pulmonary infection, disseminated BCG disease and hyperimmunoglobulin E syndrome, and he now has tubes attached to his nostrils and his feet.

Mr Zhang Hong, director of the Anji communicable diseases centre, said that Ruirui's case was a special one and that his abnormal reaction to the vaccination could have been because of a deficiency in his immune system.

But the boy's father claims that specialists in Shanghai have told him that it could have been because the wrong dosage of the vaccine was injected into Ruirui.

He also said that the hospitals Ruirui had been treated at, as well as the city's health department, had made claims that Ruirui's condition was because he was a test-tube baby or that he was infected with HIV.

The father said Ruirui was born through natural birth and that blood tests had proved that both he and his wife were not infected with HIV.

Breaking down, he said that his son could die any time and that they have filed complaints against the Zhejiang hospital, alleging malpractice on its part.

He said: "We only want someone to give us an explanation of what happened, and for someone to take responsibility."

On May 19, the atrophied Ruirui closed his eyes and left the world forever.

Some information of this article is cited from asiaone.com

 

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