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Austin mother recovers from COVID-19, holds baby for first time

She underwent a C-section at Ascension Seton Medical Center at 35 weeks pregnant before being placed on a ventilator.

AUSTIN, Texas — Imagine not being able to hold your own baby after giving birth because you have COVID-19. That nightmare became a reality for one Austin mother last month.

According to Ascension Seton Medical Center, Brenda went to the ER because her coronavirus symptoms were worsening. 

She was admitted to the hospital at 35 weeks pregnant and underwent a C-section before being placed on a ventilator for 24 days in the ICU.

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On May 29, about a month after her first ER visit, she was discharged to go home to her family and see her baby for the first time.

"Our teams were humbled by the opportunity to cheer her as she left the hospital and held her baby for the first time," hospital staff said.

Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin Code Sunshine - Brenda

On May 29th, over a month after coming into the ER with worsening COVID-19 symptoms, Brenda was discharged home to her family and the baby she had not yet held. She was admitted to Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin at 35 weeks pregnant and underwent a C-section before being placed on a ventilator for 24 days in the ICU. Our teams were humbled by the opportunity to cheer her as she left the hospital and held her baby for the first time.

Posted by Ascension Seton on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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