A Connecticut school teacher takes care of a healthy newborn boy after his entire family has tested positive for coronavirus.
Luciana Lira, 32, was thrown into the unlikely situation earlier this month after a call from the mother of one of her young students.
Luciana is a teacher at Hart Magnet Elementary in Stamford, which includes a seven-year-old Guatemalan asylum seeker named Junior among her students.
On April 4, Luciana received a call from Junior’s mother, Zully, explaining that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and was about to give birth.
Zully told Luciana that she and her husband had no one else in the United States to help them, and she named her as their emergency contact.
Elementary school student Luciana Lira, 32, has become temporary guardian for a newborn boy named Neysel, whose parents were both affected by the coronavirus
Guatemalan asylum seeker Zully (pictured) was diagnosed with COVID-19 while eight months pregnant. She called Luciana, her eldest son’s elementary school teacher, to ask for help as she didn’t know anyone else in the United States
Healthy baby Neysel was born on April 4. With both parents sick with the coronavirus, the adorable newborn baby was brought by Luciana Lira
Luciana quickly called Zully’s husband, Marvin, who explained that both he and Junior believed they had also come up with the corona virus and were waiting for test results.
Marvin told Luciana that he was concerned that he might infect his newborn baby, and asked her a stunning question: would she take care of the baby until he received test results that removed him from COVID-19?
Luciana made a spontaneous decision and selflessly said yes.
Doctors performed an emergency caesarean section on Zully and delivered her a baby boy named Neysel. But while the newborn was healthy, Zully was seriously ill with the coronavirus and was quickly placed on a ventilator.
Luciana, meanwhile, became a temporary guardian and took baby Neysel home to her husband, Alex.
Luciana’s student, seven-year-old Junior, and his father, Marvin, are pictured on April 24. Both have tested positive for COVID-19 and have yet to meet baby Neysel in person.
Luciana became a temporary guardian and took baby Neysel home to her husband, Alex (photo)
New mother Zully is shown in the hospital. She spent nearly two weeks on a ventilator before her condition improved
Less than a week later, the test results came back, showing that Marvin and Young Junior had both tested positive for COVID-19, meaning Luciana would be tasked with caring for baby Neysel longer than expected.
However, the selfless teacher was up to the task of stepping in to become an instant mother while continuing to teach her elementary school students remotely.
Miraculously, Zully was taken off the ventilator on April 18 after her condition improved.
Two days later, she was finally able to be introduced to her newborn son via Zoom video call.
Heartwarming snapshots taken on the occasion show Luciana holding Neysel up as she appears to wave at his mom appearing on the other side of the screen.
Zully was seen smiling again as she stared at her phone from her hospital bed.
On April 20, Luciana introduced Zully to baby Neysel for the first time through the video app Zoom
Heart-warming snaps show Neysel as he appears to wave through the screen at his mom
Luciana is shown holding baby Neysel up so he can be introduced to his family
Zully is pictured with a picture of her newborn son hospitalized on April 24
On April 24, Zully was released from the hospital and allowed to return home.
She was returned by ambulance to her hometown where she was reunited with her husband, Marvin, and the eldest son, Junior.
The trio are all still suffering from the coronavirus and will have to wait to get rid of the virus until they can finally meet little Neysel in person for the first time.
Luciana says she is willing to take care of the newborn until his family is fit and healthy again.
The selfless teacher has received praise from both friends and strangers.
A longtime employee paid tribute to Luciana on Facebook and wrote, “This pandemic is not what we had ever imagined … but this selfless act reminds us that our humanity makes us all essential. How will each of us respond when asked to just show up and help? ‘
On April 24, Zully was released from the hospital and allowed to return home
Zully was returned to her home by ambulance, where she was reunited with her husband, Marvin, and the older son, Junior
Zully is depicted with a doctor dressed in a hazmat suit after returning to her home in Stamford
Zully, Marvin and Junior are all still suffering from the coronavirus and will have to wait to get rid of the virus until they can finally meet little Neysel in person for the first time
Junior prays that he can meet his little brother in the near future. Meanwhile, his teacher has the task of taking care of the newborn
Luciana is taking a picture with Neyesel at her home on April 20. The selfless teacher has received praise from both friends and strangers
Luciana says she is willing to take care of the newborn until his family is fit and healthy again