Comatose coronavirus patient gives birth to baby boy

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A woman in Colombia who contracted COVID-19 and was put into an induced coma has given birth to a baby boy

Diana Angola's child Jefferson was born at least 14 weeks prematurely but his condition has been improving ever since. CALI, COLOMBIA -- Diana Angola was fighting for her own life when she gave birth to son Jefferson. The 36-year-old had been put into a coma having contracted the novel coronavirus, which left her lungs barely able cope.

"We knew that there were few reported cases of survival in a context as severe as our patient," said Velasquez.Three days later she was put into an induced coma and kept that way until surgery. "We had to go through the whole procedure of a critical patient," pediatrician Edwin Olivo, who was one of the specialists involved in the birth, said.

She says she doesn't know how she contracted the virus and her family insists she complied rigidly with the lockdown, first imposed on March 25 but which has been easing recently.Hospitals bring back painful memories: two years ago her mother and another sister died in intensive care, where Diana was for several weeks.

 

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