SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL/CNN) - A California mother claims her 7-year-old son, who is terminally ill, was exposed to measles at a hospital due to what she calls an "irresponsible decision" to not vaccinate a child.

Rayna Souza said her son Jackson was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis at 4 months old -- which caused more than 100 tumors, both big and small, to grow in his brain.

"It’s terminal, and he will succumb to his disease at some point," she said.

On March 17, Souza took her son to UC Davis Medical Center after he began having seizures. Days later, the mom said doctors told her that Jackson had been exposed to the viral infection during his stay. 

"When I found out, I was mortified," she said.

Doctors reportedly told her the source of infection was a an unvaccinated girl who caught the measles while overseas. 

Dr. Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Health, said Jackson and the girl were treated in the same emergency department room.

"It was less than an hour of separation between them," he told KTXL. "So, there was potentially still measles virus in the air."

When Jackson was put in the room, Blumberg said it was not yet known the girl had measles. He said it’s hard for most doctors to identify the disease because it’s so rare. It apparently took days for doctors to confirm the young girl’s diagnosis.

Blumberg said although Jackson was exposed, he does not believe the child has measles. However, Souza says she's seen all of the symptoms, and her son had to be quarantined at the hospital for 18 days.

Souza said she feels the negligence of other parents may shorten her son’s already delicate life.

"People making irresponsible decisions for their family and their child need to really, really look and see how that could affect other people because I still could lose my son," she said.

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Now she suddenly pro vaccines
I feel for her, but she helped to create such a mess


The little plaguebearer's family should be brought up on criminal charges as well as civil charges.


I'm thinking of you're "terminally ill" measles is the least of your worries.


I guess your thinking is different than the parent of someone who is actually terminally ill. Please consider being more empathetic.


So Jackson has not been vaccinated? He should have been, if not it is mom's fault not the person who exposed him. Sounds to me like this is a political scam.


Jackson is one of the people who CAN'T be vaccinated due to his medical condition. He's the kid that the rest of us being vaccinated protects by what is called the "herd immunity." Yes, it's the fault of the idiots who didn't vaccinate their child. Do some researc. The measles is horrible. I'm glad I was vaccinated, and never got it.

Read it and weep…


In it's heyday, Measles would affect ~4 million per year. 400 deaths were also caused by it. That is, 1/100th of a percent or .0001.


You didn't get your numbers fro the CDC. The death rate is 1-2 per-1,000 cases (0.1%-0.2%), the number of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) cases arising from a measles infection is about 1/1,000, and 25% of cases result in hospitalization. But measles has lots of other lifelong complications that can follow, like deafness.


nuusmaan, actually, I did. I googled 'how many people died of measles in 1950' (without the quotes). I can't list the link as links get the comment deleted here. It states It is estimated 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected each year. Also each year, among reported cases, an estimated 400 to 500 people died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 1,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) from measles. So, you see 400, you see 4 million. That is what I wrote.....


So are you saying a lot of people died or are you saying not very many did by pointing out it was only 1/100th of percent?
I'm so glad you took the time to research and report the stats on this so ppl are aware just how deadly this disease was prior to the discovery of the vaccination and can make an informed decision on wether the percentage is worworth gambling their kids lives. want to hassle w vaccinating their kids


I think it's great you are advising the public of just how many ppl died from the measles or got encephalitis before the vaccination was created but am not sure what point you are trying to make a adding the percentage? No matter what percentage was, 400 ppl still died and another 1000 got encephalitis and all those people were someones child, spouse, sibling, parent or friend and their loved ones suffered a loss from something that is totally preventable today and 400 ppl dying from something is enough for me to protect my child from getting it!


Sound to me like you need to read and comprehend.


Right? It's amazing how people twist any given event to fit their lovely narrative.

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