By SOPHIE KESTEVEN
A few days after baby Eloise Lampton was born in early November she was taken back to a Mackay hospital.
She was then airlifted to a Brisbane hospital where she was diagnosed with a herpes simplex virus.
Eloise died on November 25.
Eloise’s parents want to raise awareness about the dangers of cold sores (Image via ABC)
Mother Sarah Pugh says doctors told her the cold sore virus could have caused her death.
“I don’t suffer from cold sores and was never really aware of them, but doctors told me that they think my daughter caught the virus one or two days after birth,” she said.
Sarah says doctors told her that her daughter needed to be put on life support in intensive care.
“They told us the risk – that she was either going to die in a few hours or put her on this machine and try and make her better,” she said.
“You would do anything for your kids.
“But then she ended up getting a staph infection which put a cyst on her brain, so we were made to turn the machine off.”
Newborn babies are unable to be vaccinated until they are six months old.