Long Island Mom Who Nearly Died From COVID-19 Holds Newborn Son For First Time

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BAY SHORE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Staff members cheered as a 36-year-old mother who suffered severe complications from COVID-19 held her newborn son for the first time as she was discharged from a Long Island hospital on Wednesday.

Yanira Soriano was admitted to Southside Hospital with pneumonia from COVID-19 earlier this month and had to remain in a medically induced coma on a ventilator for 11 days.

"We were all very concerned that this mom was not going to survive," her OB-GYN, Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, told WCBS 880's Sophia Hall. "It was very touch and go for her."

They were also very worried about the health and safety of her son.

"The baby's only oxygen supply comes from the mom and because the mother's oxygen levels were low there was real concern that the baby could be injured or even die from a lack of oxygen," Schwartz said.