A truly heartbreaking story has just emerged. The story of a woman in Florida, USA, who gave birth to a healthy baby just days before dying from COVID-19.
The woman, identified as 30-year-old Kristen McMullen, was hospitalised back on July 21. She was also diagnosed with pneumonia and was sent home after just four days. Then she was hospitalised yet again on July 26.
On July 27, she gave birth to a healthy baby, Summer Reign, via emergency c-section. She was then transferred to the intensive care unit.
McMullen was placed on a ventilator last Friday and died the very same day.
This story is truly heartbreaking . 💔
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A Florida woman gave birth while battling Covid. She died days later. https://t.co/nyJPxztPmG
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McMullen's aunt Melissa Syverson said in a statement:
That first week, honestly, Kristen's main concern was Summer and just making sure that she was OK.
Thankfully, despite the awful news, Summer herself is healthy and bringing 'a lot of joy' to the family during this incredibly hard time.
James Syverson said that his niece was a go-getter, to who family meant everything. It was dream to have a big family with her husband of three years, Keith.
She never got sick, and we assumed like many people that this would just go away just as quickly as it came. Because with a lot of younger people — she was only 30 years old — that she would breeze through it and be back taking charge of life.
While they didn't say whether McMullen had been vaccinated against Covid-19, they did say that regardless of pregnant women's vaccination status, other people need to be careful around them.
We personally feel that whether a pregnant woman is or isn't [vaccinated] or whether they wear a mask or dont wear a mask, we feel like they're at a huge risk potentially for it to be deadly for them or their baby.
Speaking about the last time he ever saw his niece, James Syverson said it was at her baby shower. He said he hugged his niece and told her just how proud he was of her.
I gave her a great big hug, and I told her that I loved her. And I think about that. I mean, I've been thinking about that almost nonstop and how so many people don't have the ability to tell their loved ones that they love them and how much they care, and I'm so thankful that I was able to do that.
I suppose if there's anything we can take from this story, it's that we should always remind our loved ones how much we appreciate and love them. You never know when they'll be gone.