Story By: John Feng, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
This is the baby girl born to a confirmed Wuhan coronavirus patient who has now been discharged from hospital after testing negative for the deadly disease.
The healthy child was born by cesarean at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, in the capital of China’s north-western province of Shaanxi, on 10th February.
She was sent back to her family’s hometown in Shangluo City on 15th February, along with her 33-year-old mum, Ms Dan, who has now recovered from the pneumonia-like respiratory condition.
Footage shows an ambulance arriving at a checkpoint before doctors in full decontamination gear are handed the infant.
According to reports, doctors in Xi’an were alert to the possibility that the newborn may have contracted the disease – now called COVID-19 by the World Health Organization – after experts feared it could be transmitted inside the womb.
However, she was tested shortly after birth and again a few days later, with both tests confirming she was not carrying the deadly virus now responsible for 1,770 deaths and 70,550 infections in mainland China.
Mum-of-two Ms Dan, who was infected by her Wuhan parents-in-law, was separated from her child since delivery and will remain isolated from her baby as the newborn undergoes at least 14 more days of quarantine.
AsiaWire / XJTU 2nd Hospital
Xi’an Jiaotong University said the newborn was given round-the-clock care by neonatal paediatrician Bai Boliang and three nurses.
The front-line medical team will also be quarantined, with Doctor Bai likely to miss the birth of his own child, the hospital said.
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