Pregnant Woman Died After Being Infected with COVID-19 from Baby Shower
A pregnant woman died in Brazil a few days after she was infected with COVID-19 from a surprise baby shower for her given by her co-workers and friends.
Camila Graciano, 31, is in her 32nd week of gestation or almost eight months pregnant when she was rushed to the Santa Casa de Misericordia hospital in Anapolis town on August 17, 2020. This is according to the hospital’s statement posted on the Brazilian media website Globo outlet.
Camila was taken to an isolation area for COVID-19 patients and was designated as high risk due to her pre-existing medical condition hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. She also said she felt chest pain and respiratory distress within eight days since her exposure to the infectious disease.
When Camila’s condition worsened, according to a media outlet report, she underwent an induced birth to give birth to her baby daughter. Unfortunately, the mother did not win the fight against coronavirus.
The hospital confirmed her death on August 22, 2020. But her baby was in good condition in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
In a separate report, Camila’s brother Daniel Helio Ambrosio recounted what the late new mother went through. He said Camila was careful because it was a high-risk pregnancy and avoided leaving the house to not be exposed to the danger caused by COVID-19.
Camila’s caution was shattered when co-workers and friends gave her a surprise baby shower late in her pregnancy. One of the guests was carrying the coronavirus. The visitor did not know it had the virus because it was still asymptomatic at those times.
Daniel added that after the surprise baby shower, the visitor’s condition worsened and he warned those who met him. Among them was Camila, who was infected by an unexpected event.
Three days later, Camila had to be taken to the hospital. But his family struggled to find transportation because intensive care units (ICUs) were already occupied in all hospitals in their area of Anapolis, located in the central Brazilian state of Goias.
The family thought of traveling to Goiana, the largest city in Goias, and even to Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil. Fortunately, they had friends who helped get space for Camila at the Santa Casa de Misericordia de Anapolis.
When Camila gave birth through induced birth, her family hoped that she would recover from COVID-19. Daniel added that his sister showed “major improvement,” and the doctors even told them to have faith. It is said that the condition of the patient’s lungs, heart rate, and blood pressure improves.
The opposite happened on Friday, August 21, when Camila’s condition worsened and she lost her life the next day. Daniel explained, “The virus had mutated very strongly, and she didn’t stand a chance.”
The only consolation of Daniel and like him orphaned by Camila is to show her baby in good condition. It is said that the baby girl can breathe alone in the incubator without the need for oxygen.
To date, Brazil has registered 3,997,865 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 124,780 of them have already led to deaths. The data comes from Johns Hopkins University.
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