A mother with the coronavirus gave birth while in a medically induced coma.
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A New York mother with the coronavirus— who gave birth while in a coma — met her newborn for the first time on Wednesday, 11 days after he was born.
When Yanira Soriano was 34 weeks pregnant, she had difficulty breathing and was admitted on April 2 to Southside Hospital in Suffolk County, New York. She had pneumonia and later tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. A day later, hospital staff performed an emergency C-section. Soriana was placed in a medically-induced coma for the surgery, which meant she was also relying a ventilator to breathe and wasn’t awake for the birth of her fourth child, a boy, AFP reported.
“We really did not know if she was going to survive at all,” Benjamin Schwartz, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, said, according to AFP. “Most patients on a ventilator don’t survive.”
A NY mother who gave birth while on a ventilator met her son 11 days after his birthYanira Soriano met her baby, Walter, 11 days after he was born.
After spending almost two weeks in the hospital’s intensive care unit, the mother of four recovered and was released from the hospital.
That’s when she met her newborn, Walter, for the first time. Dozens of health care workers clapped and cheered as Soriano’s baby was placed in her arms. The baby was treated at nearby children’s hospital and did not develop the coronavirus.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper shared a video on Twitter of the emotional moment.
“It’s an incredibly proud moment,” Schwartz said, according to Good Morning America. “It takes many, many people over many, many shifts to provide the level of care that this patient needed.”
Pregnant women may have the same coronavirus risks as non-pregnant adults
Pregnant women seem to have the same coronavirus-related risks as those who are not pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It’s “unlikely” for a baby to develop the coronavirus while in utero, but they’re susceptible after they are born.
Few infants have died from the disease, but research shows that infants are more susceptible to complications than older children are.
Doctors say the low rate of infant death is due, in large part, to hospitals’ strict protocols and careful measures.
“We’ve been relatively successful in keeping COVID out of NICUs,” Dr. Mitchell Goldstein, professor of pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, told Insider earlier this month. “We owe it to the vigilance of these sites to keep this under control to do what’s right for the babies.”
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