Nurse who contracted COVID-19 while pregnant can't recognise her baby

Nurse who contracted COVID-19 while pregnant can't recognise her baby

- Sylvia Leroy was 30 weeks pregnant when she tested positive for COVID-19

- She suffered a cardiac arrest and delivered her child through C-section once she stabilised

- Three months after the ordeal, the mother of two cannot remember ever being pregnant and cannot recognise her child

A US nurse who gave birth to her child while battling COVID-19 cannot remember being pregnant or delivering her three-month-old daughter.

Sylvia Leroy who was a labour and delivery nurse contracted the virus while on duty and got admitted to hospital during the sixth month of her pregnancy.

The 35-year-old started feeling sick in March prompting her to get herself admitted to a hospital.

On March 27, 2020, the mother of two tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on a ventilator after.

A week later, after only breathing through a machine, Sylvia was finally taken off the ventilator and her family was hopeful things were finally starting to settle.

Nurse who contracted COVID-19 while pregnant can't recognise her baby
Sylvia was full of life before contracting the disease. Photo: Shirley Licin
Source: Facebook

Sadly, that was the beginning of their nightmare. The nurse went into cardiac arrest and spent four minutes without oxygen flowing to her brain.

The doctors tried to stabilise her and managed to deliver the medic’s baby through an emergency C-section.

Her child was small but strong and got better after spending some time in the neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Nurse who contracted COVID-19 while pregnant can't recognise her baby
Shirley said she was on the phone with the doctors when he sister went into cardiac arrest. Photo: CNN
Source: UGC

Sylvia on the other hand suffered an anoxic brain injury that impaired her motor function and her memory.

She could no longer move or communicate with her loved ones.

The nurse’s sister Shirley said the ailing lady has no idea who her three-month-old daughter is and cannot recall ever being pregnant with her.

“In a world where COVID-19 did not exist, our family would be with her, we would be touching her, we would be talking to her, we would be holding her,” Shirley lamented.

In other news, a nurse in Kisii who was battling COVID-19 gave birth to a bouncing baby while in ICU.

According to a report by The Standard, the nurse signed a consent form to undergo a caeserian section and on Friday, July 24, her bundle of joy was born.

The medic’s husband visited his wife dressed in full Personal Protective Equipment.

He thanked the doctors for their efforts to safely bring his child to the world but regretted that he could not hold the little one.

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