Woman gives birth in same hospital her husband died of COVID weeks earlier

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A woman has given birth in the same Texas hospital where he husband died from COVID-19.

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Maria Garza was pregnant in February with her second child when her husband Jason tested positive for coronavirus. Four months later, he died before he was able to meet his son.

Garza gave birth to a boy on July 19 and named him after his late father, according to Good Morning America.

“Going back into a hospital setting, and the nurses wearing the same uniforms and the gowns being the same color pattern and everything was jarring,” Garza said. “But with the support of my family and my mom was there with me and I held his memories close to my heart. (Giving birth) definitely (was) a bittersweet moment.”

While her husband was aware that the couple was expecting a child before he tested positive for coronavirus, he was hospitalized for the majority of Garza's pregnancy and was unable to participate in the process. Garza explained how his illness was a “rollercoaster.”

“One day he was improving and the next day he would almost pass,” Garza added. “The stress of him being in the ICU for three months was almost more than his passing. By the time that his passing came about, it was, [in] a way, a relief because we knew that he wouldn’t be suffering anymore.”

Garza’s OB-GYN, Dr. John Thoppil, said her husband’s illness took a toll on her pregnancy and made it a “trying situation.”

“All we could do is give her guidance, support, love and advice whenever she asked for it,” Thoppil said.

On a positive not, Garza was fully vaccinated for COVID-19, which made her pregnancy safer.

“The risk of hospital admission, intubation, all that is two to three times (as likely) for nonvaccinated women who get COVID,” Thoppil added. “Pregnancy is a known risk factor, and the vaccine is equally effective for pregnant women.”

Garza works in health care and got the vaccine while her husband was in the intensive care unit. She's now urging pregnant women to receive the shot, so they don’t have to go through what her family experienced.

“Seeing him struggle to breathe in the middle of the night definitely made me realize that ... we still need to be out here protecting ourselves and protecting our families,” Garza said. “I don’t want to be the person who spreads it to another person’s loved one who ultimately dies and has to go what me and my family went through.”

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