A mother who gave birth while intubated with COVID-19 is alive to share her frightening story.
Jacklyn Rodriguez told "Good Morning America" she was 28 weeks pregnant when she tested positive for COVID-19. When her symptoms worsened, she was quickly brought to Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
“I couldn’t breathe at all,” Rodriguez said. “I was taking very shallow breaths.”
Things took a turn for the worse and the mother-to-be was quickly transferred to the intensive care unit and intubated.
Nurses at the hospital say they forced oxygen into her as her levels were not high enough.
Angela Derochers, a nurse manager at Tufts Medical Center, said hospital staff didn’t feel comfortable moving her when they planned to do a C-section.
Derochers said surgeons needed to deliver the baby because the mother and baby could have died.
Doctors and nurses delivered her son, Julian, ten weeks early in the surgical intensive care unit.
“I had no knowledge that he was being born,” Rodriguez said. “I was sedated.”
The mother was put on an ECMO machine to help pump blood through her body, so her heart and lungs could rest. Less than a day after her son’s birth, she woke up.
Over the next several weeks, Rodriguez could not see her son because she still tested positive for COVID-19.
About two weeks after Julian was born, she was finally able to lay eyes on her son through a window at the hospital.
“It was very hard,” the mother added. “Just the entire scenario.”
Soon after, Rodriguez tested negative and held her son for the first time. She eventually was able to bring him home to meet the family.