Toddler is hospitalised with the 'worst chickenpox ever seen'

Mother is now calling for Government to introduce vaccine for all children.

Jasper Allen spent five days in hospital with his entire body covered in red, raw, itching sores - which became severely infected. It was so bad his mother Sarah, 36, said doctors considered contacting medical journals as they had never seen such an extreme case. He was put on an IV drip and given antiviral medication, antibiotics and morphine to help his ravaged body fight the virus. Mrs Allen claims two days before he required emergency treatment, she was refused an appointment at her local GP surgery because a receptionist did not think the condition was severe enough to warrant a visit. The mother-of-two is now calling on the Government to make a vaccination against the disease - currently only available to certain children on medical grounds - free for all on the NHS. Mrs Allen, a nursery manager from St Neots, Cambridegshire, said: "Everyone's reactions in the hospital were just complete shock over how severe it was - the doctors all wanted to come and see this worst ever case of chickenpox. "There was even talk about using the pictures for a medical journal. "One of the paediatric nurses with 40 years' experience said she had never seen anything like it." "It shouldn't have affected a healthy two-year-old as badly as it did - imagine how it could have affected a child with a compromised immune system."
She continued: "I was one of those parents who couldn't wait for my two to get chickenpox so then it was out of the way - I didn't think there was any harm in letting him get it. "But to see him get it like that and see how it took over his body was just heart-breaking. "Nearly every child I've ever had in my care has had chickenpox at some point, but never like this. "It was definitely not "just chickenpox" and I want people to realise this." Joshua developed a brain injury after suffering chickenpox. You can read his story here. She said every parent says their child's chickenpox was bad, but when she shows people pictures of Jasper none of them can believe just how bad it was.

Mrs Allen and her husband, Keith first noticed a few spots on Jasper in July after he had battled scarlet fever the week before. The following morning he erupted in hundreds of spots and Mrs Allen called her local GP surgery to book an appointment. But she claims the receptionist told her 'every mother thinks their child has bad chickenpox' and that seeing a doctor wouldn't be necessary. When Jasper's temperature continued to rise, she took him to the same GP surgery and he was prescribed antibiotics and oral medication for an infection. Several hours later his condition hadn't improved so Mrs Allen took him to A&E at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon. There, he was quickly admitted onto the children's ward and spent five days in hospital on an IV drip and antiviral medication, antibiotics and morphine. Mrs Allen said: "When I first called our local GP's surgery I spoke to the receptionist to make an appointment for Jasper but when I told her it was chickenpox she said to me 'every mother thinks their child has bad chickenpox'. "I knew I wasn't being a neurotic mother - I have two children and have run a nursery and seen hundreds of kids with chickenpox before so I knew this wasn't normal. "They should listen to parents more - we know our babies better than anybody in the world." She continued: 'When Jasper was admitted to hospital, it was scary but I was also relieved I was actually being taken seriously and they were doing something about it. "As we were sat in the waiting room waiting for a bed I could see this redness in his chest spreading all over him before my eyes. "We couldn't hold him for three days because he screamed every time we touched him. Doctors still do not know why the chickenpox Jasper contracted was so severe and he is undergoing heart scans to make sure there are no lasting effects. She is now calling on the Government to make the chickenpox vaccination part of the NHS's routine childhood immunisation schedule so it is automatically available for all children.  
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