Woman Hailed for Attending Graduation Hours after Being Discharged from Hospital with Newbon
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Woman Hailed for Attending Graduation Hours after Being Discharged from Hospital with Newbon

  • Queshonda Kudaisi contracted COVID-19 in August 2021 when she was a couple of months pregnant with her daughter
  • She was worried that both she and her unborn baby would not make out of the hospital alive
  • Kudaisi was also worried she would have to postpone her graduation
  • Four months later, the new mom was released from the hospital on Saturday, December 11, with a healthy baby girl
  • Later on the same day, she attended her graduation at the University of South Florida

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We all know that you just can not beat the person who won't give up because they believe there is no failure except in no longer trying.

Queshonda Kudaisi with her baby girl at her graduation ceremony.
Queshonda Kudaisi was released from the hospital on Saturday, December 11 with a healthy baby girl. Photo: Queshonda Kudaisi.
Source: Twitter

No matter how firm our resolve is, sometimes we get frustrated and want to give up and those are the times when we most need some encouragement, just like one Queshonda Kudaisi.

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Contracting COVID-19 while pregnant

Kudaisi was a couple of months pregnant when she contracted COVID-19 in August 2021, according to a tweet she shared on Sunday, December 12.

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A PhD Candidate at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Education, when she contracted the respiratory disease, she feared the worst but kept her hope alive.

"In August I contracted COVID-19 while pregnant. I thought the baby and I would not survive, or that I would have to push back my graduation," read her tweet in part.

Kudaisi, who is also an Instructional Mathematics Coach at Polk County School Board according to her LinkedIn profile, however, left the hospital and attended her graduation on the same day.

"However, yesterday proved me wrong. I was discharged from the hospital with a healthy baby girl at 12pm and attended graduation at 6pm," she tweeted.

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Internet users hail the new mom

The new mom's determination won the admiration of many Twitter users who showered her with praises, and others gifted her money.

Among those who congratulated the new mom was Kathryn Suk who wrote:

"God bless you both, and congratulations on becoming a mother and a Doctor. What a huge day for you and your family!"
"I am about moved to tears over here! That little angel will be so inspired by you and your story-together someday. How powerful!" she added.

Angela Paul also congratulated Kudaisi saying:

"Congrats! Glad you and baby are doing better and that you got to attend your graduation ceremony after working so hard to reach that point in your life! You are a strong woman who will be a great role model for your daughter."

Nairobi family in KSh 20m medical bill

In a related story, YEN.com.gh reported the pregnancy journey for 34-year-old Fridah Mwendwa was headed in the right direction, but everything changed when she contracted the COVID-19.

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Twenty-eight weeks pregnant at the time, Fridah had to undergo an emergency Caesarian Section to save the baby's life.

Medics at the Nairobi Hospital managed to deliver a preterm baby boy who was named Gitonga by the patient's foster parents.

Born way before his maturity, baby Gitonga was put under a Neonatal Intensive care Unit for 19 days and preterm nursery for 46 days, accumulating a bill of KSh 2.5 million.

Fridah, who remains bedridden at the hospital undergoing recovery, is yet to see the baby, who is now four months old.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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