A Texas mother who tested positive for COVID-19 and passed the virus to her unborn daughter waited nearly three weeks before she could hold the baby, a report on Thursday said.
Wendy Figueroa was admitted to Parkland in Dallas on April 30 with symptoms of a coronavirus. She got a positive result and two days later her daughter Alexa was born, USA Today reported.
Within two days, doctors confirmed that Alexa also tested positive for the virus.
Dr. Amanda Evans, a child infectious disease specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who oversees a case study on Figueroa, said Alexa could be infected while in the womb. not during birth.
The case, published in the Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases last month, was one of the first to be documented in the United States, USA Today reported.
Dr. Mambarambath Jaleel, medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Parkland Hospital, said Alexa was born prematurely and needed oxygen but recovered from the virus without any complications.
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Figueroa, meanwhile, spent six days in the hospital and another 14 at home in isolation. She cannot take her baby home until 20 days after giving birth.
“Seeing her through the camera, it’s not the same,” she said. “I would cry watching my little girl on camera because I would say, ‘I can’t have my little girl.’
Her husband and three children are not allowed to visit her or Alexa at the hospital during this time.
Figueroa said the infection was surprising because she takes the pandemic very seriously, always wears a mask and just leaves home to see a doctor.
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“That’s why I want to tell everyone who is pregnant to take care of themselves, try to take care as much as possible, because it’s very difficult,” she said.