Mom and Newborn Baby With COVID-19 Wait 3 Months to Meet

July 9, 2020

    (WWJ) Most new mothers can't wait to hold their bundle of joy. But a Detroit woman had to wait three months before she could meet her daughter, after both contracted coronavirus.

    A pregnancy complication sent Maya Barcinas to Ascension Providence Hospital, WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites reports. Once there, however, other problems developed for the 35-year-old — including a high fever that spiked to 107 degrees.

    After doctors performed an emergency C-section at 31 weeks, both mom and baby tested positive for COVID-19. 

    Barcinas was in pretty bad shape.

    "As soon as they did a C-section they had to intubate me with the ventilator, because my body was just shutting down," Barcinas said. "I went into kidney failure, my lungs were failing, I had developed sepsis, a blood clot — it wasn't looking good."

    Barcinas spent 33 days on a ventilator. Weeks of rehabilitation followed, so she could relearn things like walking and talking.

    Her newborn daughter, Maria Elena, spent about a month in the hospital.

    Today, mom and baby are home together, and doing well. The two are now COVID-19 survivors.

    Regarding the virus, Barcinas offered her advice to others.

    "It is not a joke, it's not fun, and it's hard to deal with; not only for yourself but for your family. The emotional strain, the financial strain that you go through with it, it's a lot," she said. "So everything you can to stay safe, take those precautions." 

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