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Discussions about the Imperial Family and European Royalty => Anastasia Nicholaievna => Topic started by: Joanna on December 19, 2018, 09:16:35 AM

Title: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
Post by: Joanna on December 19, 2018, 09:16:35 AM
Grand Duchess Anastasia - diphtheria in 1907

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.com/2018/12/grand-duchess-anastasias-disease-at.html

Joanna
Title: Re: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
Post by: edubs31 on December 25, 2018, 09:37:00 PM
Interesting minor historical nugget here, and thanks for sharing.

I was mostly unaware of this. Is it known how sick little Nastya was and for how long? Contracting diphtheria if you were a member of the Russian aristocracy would seem rare & highly unlikely. I’ve read there was a pre-antibiotic death rate in the 5-10% range but would have to imagine the odds were even lower for Anastasia given the quality of medical treatment (for the time) she would have received.

There seems to have been some pretty serious measures taken by the IF and their handlers from ever being exposed to this again. Doesn’t surprise me given the frailty of Alexei’s condition and Alix’s generally paranoia towards illness & injury.
Title: Re: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
Post by: DNAgenie on December 26, 2018, 04:10:20 PM
Alex's mother, Alice, died of diphtheria while nursing her children through the disease, and one child (May) also died, so Alex had good reason to fear it.
Title: Re: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
Post by: TimM on December 26, 2018, 05:22:19 PM
Nastya would recover, only to by murdered 11 years later.
Title: Re: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
Post by: Sanochka on December 28, 2018, 01:57:27 PM
Joanna, I read your post; the urgency that clearly surrounded Anastasia's illness comes through and is sobering.
Title: Re: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
Post by: GDSophie on December 29, 2018, 11:24:35 AM
They were so afraid that they could lose Anastasia like Alexandra lost her mother and sister that they built a disinfection chamber in Peterhof so it didn't happen again. The fear was that great.
Title: Re: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
Post by: TimM on December 30, 2018, 10:18:00 AM
Of course, the Imp got better.
Title: Re: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
Post by: clockworkgirl21 on May 26, 2019, 12:32:32 PM
Interesting to know that those photos of Alexandra dressed similarly to a nurse were taken when she was nursing Anastasia through her illness.
Title: Re: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
Post by: TimM on July 18, 2019, 05:12:02 PM
Alexandra's first taste of nursing, I guess.