This is the moment a pregnant coronavirus patient undergoes a caesarean and delivers a healthy baby girl who has so far tested negative for the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.
The child born to 33-year-old Ms Dan, from the county of Danfeng in Shangluo City in north-western China’s Shaanxi Province, was immediately separated from her mother and put into isolation.
Ms Dan’s C-section took place at 5:37pm local time on 10th February at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, which is the province’s designated facility for pregnant coronavirus patients.
Hospital spokesperson Liu Ming has revealed to Chinese state media that both mother and child – weighing 2,730 grammes – are in stable condition.
The parent remains in the fever ward, while her baby was quarantined in the neonatal isolation ward, where she has so far tested negative for the new coronavirus strain following the first of two examinations.
A second test was to be conducted today (11th February), but the results have yet to be announced.
Ms Dan is reportedly the Xi’an’s first pregnant patient confirmed to have been infected by the killer virus, which presents with severe and life-threatening pneumonia symptoms in serious cases.
The mum is thought to have contracted the novel coronavirus from her Wuhan in-laws in late-January while 34 weeks pregnant.
She was isolated in Danfeng Hospital but transferred to Shangluo Central Hospital on 4th February after symptoms such as coughing and a fever led to a confirmed diagnosis.
The Shangluo Health Commission then sent Ms Dan, then already 37 weeks pregnant, to Xi’an three days after that.
The coronavirus death toll has surged in recent days, with 1,016 having been killed by the coronavirus in mainland China so far.
The number of infected remains at just over 43,100 worldwide.
China’s youngest coronavirus patient is a boy in Wuhan who was diagnosed with the disease just 30 hours after birth.
On 10th February, a hospital in Central China’s Hunan Province discharged a seven-month-old boy who has since recovered after contracting the disease from his grandfather.
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