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The other side of rubella

New Berlin

Michelle Moore was no more than a few weeks pregnant when she came down with a case of rubella, otherwise known as German measles. In fact, at the time, she didn't even know she was expecting.

The rash lasted just over a day, but for Michelle's unborn child, the effects would last a lifetime.

That was 43 years ago. Today, Michelle's son, Michael, is completely dependent on his parents' care. Michael was born with rubella syndrome, a birth defect that can cause mental retardation.

Although she loves her son deeply, Michelle doesn't want other women to have to experience what she has gone through, she says.


Nikon D2H, 17 mm, 500 ISO, f2.8, 1/320, Manual
Michael Moore, of New Berlin, waits to begin his music therapy class Thursday, May 1, 2008, at the Goodwill Community Service Center, Waukesha. When Moore's mother, Michelle, was pregnant with Michael, she contracted rubella, otherwise known as the German measles, which caused Michael to contract rubella syndrome at birth.

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