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Chinese Baby Atrophies and Dies After Receiving BCG Vaccine

Little Ruirui, a Chinese baby boy in Zhejiang province who due to an immune system defect has developed multiple diseases and illnesses after receiving the BCG vaccine.

Xiao Ruirui, a Chinese baby boy in Zhejiang province who due to an immune system defect has developed multiple diseases and illnesses after receiving the BCG vaccine.

From NetEase:

Infant’s body atrophies after getting BCG vaccine [against tuberculosis], CDC says it is a case study

“I thought you were going to be another one of life’s miracles, but closing my eyes, all I can hear is the sound of my heart breaking…” lamented a mother as she held her child who has been given a death sentence from a serious disease.

At the [Zhejiang Province] Anji County’s Dipu town clinic, lying in his mother’s arms, Little Ruirui opens his eyes, an IV drip hanging from his foot. He couldn’t possibly know what disease he has contracted, and all he feels is suffering.

7-month old Little Ruirui has already received several months of treatment at Hangzhou, Shanghai, and other places, but because [his family] couldn’t afford the expensive treatment costs, on May 5th, he has once again returned to Dipu. Now, he has lost his hair, his muscles loose, his head and body even shedding layers and layers of skin.

The Shanghai city Public Health Clinical Center diagnosed him with acute bronchial pneumonia, septicemia, pulmonary infection, disseminated BCG [tuberculosis] disease, hyper-IgE syndrome, and a zero-chance of curing him. A life that hasn’t yet begun has already entered its final moments.

A picture of Little Ruirui when he was healthier.

An atrophied Chinese baby who now resembles an old man after a BCG vaccination.

Xiao Ruirui, a Chinese baby boy in Zhejiang province who due to an immune system defect has developed multiple diseases and illnesses after a BCG vaccination.

Xiao Ruirui cries, his face wrinked from his atrophied muscles.

Little Ruirui, A Chinese baby born with a rare immune system disorder hold a string of beads.

Xiao Ruirui, face covered, with a photograph of him by his side.

Family members cry around Xiao Ruirui's body, a Chinese baby born with a rare immune system defect.

Family and relatives care for Xiao Ruirui, a Chinese baby born with a rare immune system defect.

Family and relatives care for Xiao Ruirui, a Chinese baby born with a rare immune system defect.

Family and relatives care for Xiao Ruirui, a Chinese baby born with a rare immune system defect.

Family and relatives care for Xiao Ruirui, a Chinese baby born with a rare immune system defect.Family and relatives care for Xiao Ruirui, a Chinese baby born with a rare immune system defect.

Family members at a hospital where Xiao Ruirui is.Family and relatives care for Xiao Ruirui, a Chinese baby born with a rare immune system defect.

From China.com:

2011 May 19th noon, devastating news arrives.

Little Ruirui in the end had no options for escaping the disease, and at around 11:20 passed away. Before having a chance to enjoy any of life’s happiness, he hastily left.

I am at the hospital at this time, at child’s side keeping him company, and not in much of a mood to write anything. I just want to post the photos, so that everyone can feel for a moment what is called tragedy, a tragedy that should never have happened to an innocent and lovely child.

From 19Lou:

Probabilty is only 0.19~1.56 out of 1 million, provincial health department expert yesterday answers questions related to the Anji “Atrophied Baby”
Disseminated BCG disease is extremely rare, normal children need not worry

A Chinese news report about this case:

The Chinese news report mentions that Little Ruirui has passed away and that there is a lot of public anger and concern regarding BCG vaccinations. Health department representatives explain that what happened to Little Ruirui is due to an immune system defect, and that the probability for something similar happening due to the vaccine for normal children is very rare.

Comments from 19Lou:

biocore2009:

Even if the probability is extremely low, the government should still bear this responsibility, do some small practical action to comfort this poor family.

zhengmin1983:

So should we vaccinate or not vaccinate, faint. Possible means it will still happen, who can provide a clear path [proper advice] for the future?

taozi9494:

Because the probability is extremely low, it should be considered a rare disease even more. It should get government help even more!!!
No???

nishizawa:

Vaccine problems in China are many.
My little girl got a pneumonia vaccination, and she developed pneumonia that very afternoon.

痴呆疯傻:

When a problem happens, what does the government do? Why is it always shifting responsibility?

zesalani:

This is not a fault with the government, no vaccination is 100% safe. It should be those in science answering these questions.
But since this kind of problem has appeared, the government should provide corresponding compensation.

kynavv:

Problems with giving birth, problems with inoculation, problems with food, just how many gates of death do we have to get through…?

丹麦童话:

Ultimately it is still that the government did not do its job. Fake milk power, fake rice, everything is fake, and they make a vaccine that harms people. China’s high officials, I beg you to do some good things, okay?!

People gathered around Xiao Ruirui, a Chinese baby boy in Zhejiang province who due to an immune system defect has developed multiple diseases and illnesses after a BCG vaccination.
Comments from China.com:

笑我狂:

Hahahahaha~~~~~~~

In China, this thing is truly fucking commonplace!!!!

After laughing, our eyes are filled with tears of hate!!!!!

火柴杆:

Seeing the image, it feels like knives in my heart.

I shed tears for the child.

你不想惹的人:

This kind of situation is relatively common! This is just the tip of the iceberg!

天子照:

Which government department should take responsibility for the problems with China’s food and medicine safety problems?????

爱国者和飞毛腿:

It was an accident. The needle damaged a nerve, caused the muscles in the legs to shrink/atrophy. Nothing to do with the vaccine.

龙之威出枭雄亦下:

What kind of society is this, living in China is a tragedy.

江黑:

Poor child, if there is a next life, please don’t reincarnation in China.

xiaowei87103:

Looking at the report, this doesn’t seem to be a problem with the vaccine, but that the child has a defective immune system. I call for scientific progress! However, I do feel like they should be given some kind of compensation or something, so sad!

大器晚成的狼:

No matter what the reason is, seeing a little baby passing from this world like this is so heartbreaking, so saddening.

A mother cries for her dying baby.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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