A Texas mother who tested positive for COVID-19 and gave the virus to her unborn daughter had to wait nearly three weeks before she could carry it, a Thursday report said.
Wendy Figueroa was admitted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas on April 30 with symptoms of coronavirus. She tested positive, and two days later, her daughter Alexa was born, USA Today reported.
Within two days, doctors confirmed that Alexa had also tested positive for the virus.
Dr Amanda Evans, a pediatric expert on infectious diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who oversaw a case study on Figueroa, said Alexa is more likely to become infected during the womb, rather than during childbirth.
The case, published in the Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases last month, was one of the first such cases registered 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 hospital and another 14 days at home in quarantine. She could not take her baby home until 20 days after she was born.
“Seeing him through a camera is not the same,” she said. “I would cry looking at my little girl through the camera because I would say, ‘I can’t have my little girl.’ ‘ “
Her husband and three children were not allowed to visit her or Alexa at the hospital during this time.
Figueroa said the infection came as a surprise because she took the pandemic seriously, always wearing a mask and just leaving home for doctor visits.
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“That’s why I want to tell everyone who is pregnant to take care of themselves, try to take care of as much as you can, because it’s so hard,” she said.