When she gave birth to her son Jefferson, Diana Angola was fighting for her survival. The 36-year-old young woman with coronavirus, was placed in an artificial coma to be able to give birth.
Due to the condition of the young woman’s lungs weakened by Covid-19, the doctors performed a cesarean section and Jefferson was born 14 weeks early. “It was a case that generated a lot of stress because we knew that there were few cases of survival reported in a context as serious as that of our patient,” explained Paula Velasquez, medical specialist in internal medicine at the clinic of Versalles, in Cali, in the south-east of the country.
The thirties, already mother of a child, was hospitalized on May 15 due to a high fever. Three days later, she was placed in an artificial coma and kept there until the operation. Because of her pregnancy, she had to be kept seated at a 45-degree angle, while people with pneumonia are normally lying on their stomachs to facilitate their breathing.
Jefferson was born at 24.5 weeks of pregnancy and without the coronavirus. “A human can survive from 24 weeks with good weight, but with a lot of technology and an effect on neurological development and the lungs, “underlines Dr. Velasquez.
The young woman is now healed
According to pediatrician Edwin Olivo, one of the specialists involved in childbirth, the child quickly started to gain weight and the condition of the infant, still in the incubator, has gradually improved. “He was born with great difficulty breathing, we had to resuscitate him, we had to go through the whole procedure of a critical patient”, explains the practitioner.
“It’s really moving to know that we fought, that the doctors helped us survive,” said Diana in a still weak voice. The young woman, now cured of coronavirus, does not know how she was infected and her family assures that she strictly respected the confinement imposed as of March 25 in Colombia.
While Latin America is the new epicenter of the pandemic, her sister Angela wants the story lived by her sister and her nephew used to raise awareness. “There is a lot of people coming out without a mask, who are celebrating because they don’t know anyone with the virus, they don’t realize “how dangerous it is,” she said. With more than 2,600 deaths and 80,000 cases reported, Colombia is the sixth most affected country in Latin America in number of deaths and the fifth in number of contaminations.