- A young woman who recently beat a vicious coronavirus attack finally got to meet her newborn
- She was 36 weeks pregnant when she contracted the deadly virus
- After spending weeks in intensive care and having a C-section, she finally got to meet her newborn baby
The inspirational story of a young mother who overcame Covid-19 and finally got to meet her little one was recently shared on social media. Nokuthula Gumede from South Coast Durban, contracted the virus when she was 36 weeks pregnant.
She found out that she was positive for Covid-19 when she visited the hospital after feeling ill. It was then discovered that Covid-19-related pneumonia in both lungs. She was subsequently placed on ventilators to support her lungs and breathing.
Unfortunately, Nokuthula became very ill. She began fighting for her life in Kingsway Netcare Hospital where she spent three weeks in the intensive care unit. As a result of her rapidly deteriorating health, doctors decided that Nokuthulo would need a caesarian section to give birth to a little boy.
When Nokuthula came to after being sedated for the procedure to be done, her first words were, "Where is my baby?" Unfortunately, as she was still critically ill, doctors could not permit her to see her little one, who was in the care of her eldest daughter.
A few weeks later, Nokuthula began showing promising signs of recovery, something the doctors believe her will to meet her son played a huge role in.
“When Ms Gumede was taken off ventilation and was brought round, she felt so overwhelmed with everything that had happened, that she was extremely emotional and crying uncontrollably.
"I think that thoughts of her little baby boy motivated her to recover, and it was indeed special to witness her meeting her precious baby in hospital for the first time after almost a month,” said the hospital's general manager, Anna Demetriou.
Soon she was allowed to leave the hospital and meet her little baby after a lengthy six-week stay.
Briefly.co.za also reported that movie star Dwayne The Rock Jonhson and his entire family, including their young daughters recently tested positive for coronavirus. The actor shared the news on Instagram in a video revealing his wife, Lauren Hashian, and their two daughters, two-year-old Tiana and four-year-old Jasmine, all tested positive.
Dwayne said they were at the end of it and were no longer contagious but this was the most challenging thing they had ever gone through as a family.
"Testing positive for Covid-19 is much different than overcoming nasty injuries or being evicted or broke. The reason why I feel like this is because my number one priority is to always protect my family. I wish it was only me who tested positive.
"It was my entire family and it was a kick in the gut. We in a family are good, we're on the other end of it and no longer contagious. Thank God, we're healthy," he said. The actor said the babies had a few sore throats but apart from that it was life as normal but he and Lauren had much more difficult times with the virus but got through it," he wrote.
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