Vaccine Preventable Death – Dylan Bianchi
Age at death – 17 days
Cause of death – Pertussis (whooping cough)
Vaccination status – Most likely unvaccinated due to young age
Synopsis – Dylan’s mother got sick with cold like symptoms while she was pregnant. As her disease worsened, it induced early labor. Dylan was born two weeks premature, but otherwise in good health. Mariah, Dylan’s mother, had pertussis which went undiagnosed by her doctors. Her other son also started exhibiting the same symptoms. Unfortunately, the disease then infected Dylan. Seventeen days after her baby Dylan was born, he grew so lethargic that she couldn’t wake him for a feeding. He died 12 hours later in an ambulance while being transferred from one hospital to another. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Bianchi family; I am very saddened for your loss.