These images show a Chinese baby boy delivered inside a hospital quarantine room and born to a coronavirus patient dad and a mother suspected of carrying the disease.
Doctors and nurses dressed in full hazmat gear and goggles helped deliver the healthy baby 7.7-lb boy on 1st February, which was day 10 of the Wuhan lockdown.
Footage from Wuhan Union Hospital, one of the facilities on the front line of the viral outbreak in Central China’s Hubei Province, shows Doctor Song Bo holding the newborn boy.
The hospital’s isolation unit is the designated national location for pregnant patients diagnosed with or suspected of having the Wuhan coronavirus.
As a result, medics such as Doctor Song have been sent from numerous other provinces to assist with the influx of people.
The now mum-of-two, named only as Ms Gong, was transferred to the hospital from China’s north-eastern province of Heilongjiang on 31st January.
She was placed under the care of Doctor Song, who is with the department of infectious diseases at the Fourth Hospital of Harbin Medical University in Heilongjiang.
The new mum has been in isolation as a suspected carrier of the deadly pneumonia-like disease, while her husband remains in quarantine after having previously been diagnosed with the virus.
Doctor Song, who is pictured wearing goggles and a full decontamination suit, said: “The patient successfully gave birth to a 3,500-gramme (7.7-lb) boy.
“The child is healthy and everyone is very happy. He’s been sent to Wuhan Children’s Hospital for further tests.
“As a father-of-two myself, it’s been tough being on the front line day and night, but we’re all so excited to see this new life.
“I believe we will win the fight against this disease.”
The Wuhan coronavirus, now classified by the WHO as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, has reportedly killed 361 in mainland China and one in the Philippines.
More than 17,000 have been infected with the disease worldwide.
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