Covid US: Florida woman who didn’t want vaccine because she was pregnant is hospitalized with infection
A Florida woman who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine because she was pregnant ended up in intensive care and had to give birth early after contracting the virus.
Kristen Hutton, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was advised by her obstetrician to get the vaccine but decided against it, fearing it would hurt her baby, the report said. WPBF.
However, during her ninth month, she visited the hospital after feeling unwell and was shocked to learn that she had contracted the disease.
Her condition deteriorated rapidly, forcing her baby to be delivered by emergency caesarean section.
Kristen spent more than a week in the hospital, including several days in the intensive care unit (ICU), requiring multiple blood transfusions.
Now home and raising her newborn daughter Palmer, Kristen says she regrets not getting the vaccine and hopes to educate other mothers-to-be about the dangers they face if they contract COVID-19.
Kristen Hutton, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, ended up in the hospital and ICU after contracting the virus a week before her due date. In the photo: Kristen with her baby in the hospital
Kristen was not given the COVID-19 vaccine because she was afraid it would hurt her baby, despite her doctor’s assurances that it was safe. Pictured: Kristen, left, with her husband, Derek
A week before her baby was due earlier this month, Kristen wasn’t feeling well, so her husband, Derek, took her to Jupiter Medical Center, WPBF reported.
Kristen believed she was just dehydrated, but was stunned when the results of her tests came back.
“They came back in and when she said, ‘You have Covid,’ I was like, ‘What?'” Kristen told WPBF.
Doctors advised Kristen to be hospitalized so they could monitor her until her due date.
However, her health deteriorated rapidly.
“My breathing was getting worse,” Kristen said.
“They gave me oxygen. From there I started going downhill.’
Pregnant women were not included in the clinical trials for any of the US-approved vaccines, a common practice because researchers don’t want to risk the health of expectant mothers.
However, this group is at increased risk for COVID-19 complications.
Pregnant COVID-19 patients are twice as likely to be admitted to ICUs and three times more likely to be on mechanical ventilation than non-pregnant women with the disease, CDC data shows.
A new study found that pregnant women with COVID-19 were five times more likely to be admitted to ICUs and 22 times more likely to die than pregnant women who did not have the disease
Kristen (left and right) delivered her baby via emergency C-section and eight days in the hospital, four of which were in the ICU, and required nine blood transfusions. She says she now wishes she’d gotten a COVID-19 vaccine
An international study, led by the University of Oxford in the UK, found that expectant women with COVID-19 were 22 times more likely to die
According to WPBF, doctors told her to remove the baby via C-section as her health continued to deteriorate.
“I didn’t care about myself,” Kristen told the station.
“I kept saying, ‘Get the baby out! Just get the baby!'”
Her daughter, Palmer, was delivered safely and without complications, but the same could not be said of her mother.
“I thought I was going to die,” she said.
“When I lay on the table and went to the… [operating room], I couldn’t breathe. So they left me lying flat. I said, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.”‘
Kristen spent eight days in the hospital, four of which were in the ICU, and she needed nine blood transfusions.
“Now all hands are on deck to take care of Kristen,” her obstetrician, Dr. Dudley Brown Jr. to WPBF.
“Multiple transfusions, pretty severe anemia that developed.”
Kristen is now at home with her husband raising her daughter, but says she wishes she’d gotten the vaccine and wants other women to talk to their doctors about it.
Brown told WPBF that Kristen is not the only pregnant patient of his to have refused the vaccine, with about half opting against it.
However, he advises his patients that the injections are safe and effective and that their risk of complications from COVID-19 is much greater than the risk of side effects from the vaccine.
‘I want people to be afraid of Covid, [not the vaccine], because Covid is a monster.’