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SAVE the Life of a Child – World Pneumonia Day

The #1 killer of children under age 5! A respiratory illness that takes the lives of 1.4 million children EVERY YEAR! Pneumonia!

Today, World Pneumonia Day, holds a special meaning for me, as I nearly died on several occasions as a child due to pneumonia. I remember desperately struggling and gasping for air, missing holidays, birthday parties and special events with my family, all because I couldn’t breathe. Who knew that my life could have been cut short when I was diagnosed with asthma.

Our local hospital knew me by first name, as I was admitted to the emergency room at least once a week, if not more. From age 4 until age 12, my young life hung in the balance with critical upper respiratory issues that quickly declined into severe cases of pneumonia. I would not be writing this post had I not been given the privilege of optimum healthcare that my parents had access to. Sadly, that is not the story for other children. Especially those in developing countries.

  • Pneumonia is responsible for 1.4 million child deaths EVERY YEAR 
  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a vaccine preventable disease
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life…results in a 15-23% reduction
  • Vaccinations against pneumonia…results in a 49% reduction of pneumonia infections
  • Antibiotics as an effective and inexpensive method to treat pneumonia

 

YOU can help spread the word and save the lives of children by becoming aware of vaccine preventable diseases via Shot@Life, donating to our Shootie Girl Fundraising Page or purchasing a T-Shirt for a Global Cause.

Do you know someone who has suffered from pneumonia? How did it affect you?

Happily married mother of 2 fabulous daughters. CEO & Designer of Shootie Girl™ Custom Rhinestone Apparel. Former government and global software giant manager turned work-from-home mom and National Director of Social Media and Blogging for a national non-profit moms organization.
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15 Responses

  1. Kuae Mattox

    THANK YOU for sharing your story, as painful as it is. Our collective voices will make a difference and save lives.

  2. WOW scary. I am so thankful that you are here to tell your story. Thanks for spreading the word about this cause.
    Leigh

  3. Wow, I had no idea pneumonia was so deadly! I can’t imagine watching my child go through that and not having access to adequate healthcare. Thank you for raising awareness; I’m doing what I can through World Vision. Blessings!

  4. Wow! I can totally relate. My daughter was a micro preemie born at 24 weeks. Nine out of 12 months of her first year of life were spent in the hospital because she was in respiratory distress. I bet you had a pulmo-aide machine and got albuterol treatments every two to three hours. Ah, yes. I remember it well. So glad you lived to tell the tale giving hope to millions of parents and patients. God bless you!

  5. Thank you for telling your story and raising awareness for this great cause!

  6. Oh my goodness, how scary! Thank you so much for sharing your story and raising awareness!

  7. How courageous of you to share your story and bringing this preventable yet no less tragic crisis to light!

  8. Rusty Wanvig

    Globally, pneumonia affects approximately 450 million people per year, seven percent of population, and results in about 4 million deaths, mostly in third world countries.

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