Mother Who Recovered from CCP Virus Finally Cradles Baby After Giving Birth While in Coma

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By Wire Service
April 17, 2020Trending
Mother Who Recovered from CCP Virus Finally Cradles Baby After Giving Birth While in Coma
Angela Primachenko. (Courtesy of KPTV)

Angela Primachenko finally cradled her precious baby in her arms. The 27-year-old was put into a medically induced coma when she was 34 weeks pregnant, days into her battle with the CCP virus.

When she woke up, her baby girl, Ava, was 5 days old, but she couldn’t hold her just yet until she tested negative for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a novel coronavirus that emerged from mainland China and causes the disease COVID-19. She finally did on April 15, and said she broke into tears when her daughter was placed in her arms.

“Crying right now,” she posted on Instagram. “Our little sunshine is doing amazing!”

A nurse wears a protective mask as she holds a newborn baby in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19 at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 9, 2020. (Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP via Getty Images)

Primachenko lives in Vancouver, Washington, a state that made headlines when the CCP virus pandemic started in the United States. It’s where the country’s first CCP virus case was announced on Jan. 21, where the first death nationwide occurred, and where dozens died at a nursing home at the beginning of the pandemic.

Like many who have caught the CCP virus, the respiratory therapist’s symptoms began with a cough that escalated to a constant fever, she recalled.

“She knew the risk,” said Oksana Luiten, her twin sister. “She took every precaution.”

A pregnant woman wears a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the CCP virus as she waits for the bus in Bogota, Colombia, on March 16, 2020. (Raul Arboleda/AFP via Getty Images)

Her family encouraged her to get tested, and in the two days she waited for the result, she progressively got worse. It was positive.

“Being a respiratory therapist—just being a human, I guess—I knew I couldn’t keep breathing the way I was and survive,” she said.

On March 26, she went into the ICU of the hospital that employs her, her sister said. Three days later, she was put on a ventilator—the same machine she’s used on patients numerous times.

“When you’re that sick, you’re just fighting for your life,” Primachenko said. “My focus wasn’t on fear; it was just on getting through it.”

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Ashley Esposito, who is pregnant with her first child due in July, stands outside her home in Baltimore, Md., April 6, 2020. (Saul Loeb /AFP via Getty Images)

As she lay comatose in her hospital room, her medical team had an hourslong meeting to decide how to handle her pregnancy. Her doctors suggested they induce labor to give her lungs more space and her body more nutrients, according to her sister.

She delivered a healthy girl on April 1, and four days later, started going downhill.

“We were actually scared we were going to lose our sister that day,” Luiten said. The twins are two of 10 siblings.

But the next day, she turned a corner and left the ICU. As her bed wheeled down the hall, medical staff clapped and cheered, a video she posted on social media shows. Behind a white face mask, she smiled.

She went home to her husband and their 11-month-old daughter, Emily, but Ava remained at the NICU until Primachenko tested negative for the CCP virus.

Ava’s going home to her family this weekend, she said.

The CNN Wire and NTD staff contributed to this report.

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