Doting mum Kirsty Carrington, 28, just wanted to show her new baby affection - but her kiss nearly killed him.
The mother of three’s world was plunged into a living nightmare after she absentmindely kissed her eight week old baby while a coldsore was present on her lip.
But despite being a very common ailment, many don’t know the deadly potential of coldsores - which are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Kirsty says she knew that when she had a blister she shouldn’t kiss partner her Chris Nixon, 31, a car mechanic - but she was unaware of the scale of the threat to her baby.
‘I used to cuddle and kiss my twins Lily and Kendra when they were born. I don’t think any mum would criticise me for wanting to shower my babies in kisses,’ she says. ‘But kissing my son, Ole-John, now three months, has become the biggest regret of my life. I nearly killed him and I may well have left him with lifelong problems. All from a kiss.’
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