Mom, Newborn Baby With COVID-19 Wait 3 Months To Meet

July 09, 2020 - 6:00 am

(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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