Got a free minute this afternoon? Here are all the big headlines we’re talking about in the Mamamia office right now:
1. Baby dies after coming into contact with a cold sore
A newborn baby girl passed away after contracting a herpes virus — from coming into contact with a cold sore.
Eloise Brown, born on November 1 at Queensland’s Mackay Hospital, died last week despite being healthy at birth, the Daily Mail reports.
The little girl’s health started to deteriorate in the week following her birth, and she was taken to Mater Hospital in Brisbane and placed on a machine to keep her alive.
Doctors eventually discovered it was the herpes virus causing Eloise’s illness after two days on the machine — a revelation that stunned her parents.
“I was shocked. I was devastated to know she was born healthy and then this happened,” Eloise’s mother Sarah Pugh, 28, told the Daily Mail.
“They thought it could have come from me, but I didn’t test positive to the disease.
“It was passed on through a cold sore. You have to be in contact – kissed or touched. We didn’t have any visitors at hospital. It could have been from anyone.”
Eloise’s family shared her story with the Daily Mail in the hope of raising awareness of how viruses can affect newborns.
“Sometimes you don’t even know when you’ve got a cold sore. You never know what’s going to happen… It’s not just cold sores. Any virus could do this to a baby,” Ms Pugh said.