A Covid-19 mother who gave birth while on a ventilator has died never having met her newborn daughter and despite her husband’s pleas for better care.
Aurora Chacon Esparza, 35, was being treated at the North Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn Center after displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
Doctors were concerned that her baby was not getting enough oxygen and said she needed an emergency C-section despite being only 30 weeks pregnant.
Baby Andrea remains healthy but Esparaza, who never got to meet the newborn, tragically passed away.
The message on the site, written by Esparaza’s husband Juan Duran, read: ‘My wife Aurora now rests in peace with God. ‘I have faith in God that she is with him and has moved on to better life. We will forever miss her and remember her for the strong, loving and caring person she was. I appreciate all of your prayers and well wishes since day one.’
Esparaza, who was pregnant with the couple’s third child, began showing signs of coronavirus in early June, including non-stop coughing and difficulty breathing.
The young mother’s condition worsened and doctors recommended that an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine – that would carry out the function of the heart and lungs outside the body – was the only other option.
North Memorial Hospital is not an ECMO center, however, and all requests to be transferred to another hospital for treatment were denied.