A mother of two who gave birth to her second child while in a coma medically induced after contracting the coronavirus finally had the chance to hold her baby girl for the first time.
Respiratory therapist Angela Primachenko, 27, was 33 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with a coronavirus on March 24, and a week later she was in a coma and on a ventilator at the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington.
When she woke up on April 6, Angela discovered that she had been unconscious and had a baby: Ava. However, the mother of two couldn’t visit or hold her daughter until she tested negative twice for COVID-19, which eventually happened on April 15.
Meet your mom! Washington Coronavirus patient Angela Primachenko first held her baby girl after giving birth in a medically induced coma
‘Crying now’: 27-year-old had an emotional first meeting with her two-week-old daughter Ava, who had to wait to visit her until she tested negative twice for COVID-19
In a series of heartwarming Instagram images, Angela is seen as the two-week-old Ava in the NICU, an unforgettable moment that brought her to tears.
“Cry now !!! IM COVA FREE !!! And hold my baby girl in my hands! she wrote on April 15, sharing the first photo of her daughter in her arms.
“Such a testimony to hold my little Ava,” she continued, posting a selfie showing her wearing a medical mask as her little girl snuggled up to her chest.
“The reason I wear a mask is because everyone now has to wear a mask when visiting the NICU,” she explained about her protective gear, adding, “Ava is doing great and arriving every day as a champion!
“Another week or so and we can take her home !!”
But her first hug with her mom seemed to have such a positive effect on Ava’s condition that Angela later revealed that they are now out to get their daughter home from the hospital this weekend.
“Our sun is doing great!” she said Thursday afternoon. “Going home this weekend!”
On her Instagram Stories, the mother of two also paid tribute to the hardworking hospital staff, her colleagues, who worked so hard to save her and her baby girl’s life.
Heartwarming: Ava was born prematurely on April 1, five days before her mom woke up, after doctors decided to induce to give both mom and baby the best chance of survival
Premature: The baby girl weighed only 4.5 lbs. when she was born, but she tested negative for the virus and is doing incredibly well now; Angela hopes to take her home this weekend
“So thankful to God and all the wonderful staff who made this day possible!” she wrote. “But are your colleagues helping to save your life ?!”
Angela and Ava’s joyful news comes just ten days after the mother of two was taken out of her medically induced coma, after spending ten days on a ventilator while doctors fought to save her life and that of her little girl.
Tribute: Angela, a respiratory therapist, praised her hospital colleagues for helping save her life
Although Angela got through, her condition got so severe at one point that doctors decided to induce labor on April 1, several weeks ahead of schedule, was the best option for both her and her daughter.
“We were actually afraid that we would lose our sister that day,” revealed Angela’s twin sister Oksana Luiten CNN.
“We were all like,” God, if you don’t get through, we might lose our sister, “she added WILX.
While still in a coma, Angela delivered a 4.5-pound baby girl.
Then, on April 6, the new mom of two woke up and was taken off the ventilator – immediately noticing she was no longer pregnant.
“Obviously, no one expected me to get so sick, so no, absolutely not, I didn’t expect to give birth to my child,” she said.
‘After all the medication and everything, I just woke up and suddenly I no longer had my stomach. It was simply utterly stunning. ‘
She and her husband David named the baby Ava, meaning ‘breath of life’, with Angela revealing that she has always loved the nickname but felt all the more after what she and her baby went through.
Dramatic Times: Angela was 33 weeks pregnant when she tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24
Scary: A week later, she was in a doctor-induced coma and was ventilated at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington
“I just really like it,” she told WILX. “I think Ava is such a beautiful name.
“We didn’t expect to go down this path, but sure enough, she eventually became our little breath of life.”
Ava was born prematurely and is still on the NICU, but she does not have a corona virus.
Because David and the couple’s 11-month-old daughter, Emily, did not test positive for the virus, they were able to visit the newest member of the family and father of two was able to hold their newborn daughter while giving Angela a chance to meet her through FaceTime.
But Angela – who was released from hospital on Saturday after 17 days there – didn’t get a chance to meet baby Ava in person until she eventually tested negative for COVID-19 twice.
However, despite the difficult circumstances surrounding her child’s mother, Angela is incredibly grateful that she got through and was welcomed to a healthy girl.
Surprise: Angela was in hospital for ten days, breathless and unconscious
Getting better: While her condition did become incredibly serious at some point, Angela made a full recovery – and was praised by hospital staff when she woke up
Waiting to Hold Her: Until Wednesday, Angela could only have seen her baby through FaceTime
“I feel like a miracle while walking,” she told Today, adding on Instagram that she is “so thankful for great nurses who send me update photos.”
Angela says she doesn’t know how she contracted the virus, insisting she took every precaution to protect herself from it, and even stopped working to protect herself during pregnancy.
However, when she fell ill, the respiratory therapist knew that she would likely end up on a ventilator because of her experience in the field.
“I’m like,” I’m probably going to end up on a ventilator because I can’t breathe. I just can’t catch my breath, ”she told WILX about her condition.
Angela, whose state has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 10,400 cases and 508 deaths, said she hopes her story will bring joy to others affected by the disease.
“There is hope,” she told Today. “… Even in the most difficult days and times when there is hope and you can trust God and people and community.
“The amount of community and people who prayed for me is just incredible. I was overwhelmed and I am so very grateful. ‘