The family of a ‘miracle baby’ currently on an oxygen machine while fighting the coronavirus spoke of their despair about people still not taking the outbreak seriously.
Erin Bates, only six months old, was born weighing just 5 pounds 4 oz and with a heart condition that required open heart surgery. She has also had problems with her windpipe, but after months of treatment in and outside the hospital, she had a good chance of recovery.
However, it was confirmed last Friday that she had Covid-19.
A heartbreaking image of her, released with her parents’ permission, shows that their daughter is hospitalized on a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine that delivers oxygen surrounded by wires, tubes, and equipment.
Six-month-old Erin Bates was connected to a CPAP machine at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital while battling the corona virus
Because only one parent can stay with her, mom Emma Bates, 29, stays with Erin at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
Her father Wayne, 32, went home to Bury, Greater Manchester, where he has to isolate himself due to his contact with Erin. The couple keep in touch through phone calls and regular FaceTime video chats.
Mr. and Mrs. Bates believe that because Erin – conceived of course after a decade of trying to be told they might not be able to have children – has so often “fought against expectations” that she’s been fighting her last setback can overcome.
They also praise the efforts of NHS doctors and nurses.
But they say they are shocked that members of the public still ignore the lockdown rules, which could allow the virus to spread further.
Mr. Bates, a Toyota mechanic, said yesterday: “People are still not taking this outbreak seriously and it bothers me. I take it personally.
“Even before we got trapped, we were concerned when we entered a supermarket because our daughter is susceptible to viruses.
But people still don’t seem to have a clue about personal space.
Erin Bates at a later stage of her recovery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool
“There was a photo I saw of a beach where an ice shack was open with people queuing outside as if it were a normal day. I am appalled that people are still not following the lockdown measures. It upsets us both. ‘
In a Facebook post about her daughter’s diagnosis, Ms. Bates, a travel agent, wrote, “Both myself and Wayne are again heartbreaking that we are in a position where we can lose our little girl if she doesn’t keep fighting.
“Please, please, keep Erin in your prayers. We can’t lose her from this virus. She fought too much – we need her, she completes us. ‘
She added, “I hope those who did not take this virus seriously read it, and I hope it will collapse now.”
Mr. Bates said that when their daughter was born, he and his wife were ‘over the moon’ because they had been trying unsuccessfully for 10 years and were told they might not be able to have children.
But Erin’s first six months were traumatic from the discovery of a range of medical conditions, one of which required open-heart surgery in December.
In January, she also suffered from the respiratory syncytial virus, which causes bronchiolitis and pneumonia in babies and can be fatal.
Further conditions affected her airways, tracheomalacia and bronchomalacia. These conditions affect the trachea and its branches in the lungs, and have already used the CPAP machine.
Her parents stayed at Alder Hey’s Ronald McDonald House, on-site accommodation for the families of poor children.
Mr. Bates, whose daughter is currently in a stable state, said, “She lives only because of Alder Hey staff, the doctors and nurses. I feel like the nurses in particular bought Erin and have an emotional attachment to make her better. They take care of my wife and my girl which is excellent.
Although she was already in the hospital before she contracted the virus, it could have reached her because people did not socially distance themselves (and) brought the virus to the hospital.
“When you hear that people had ‘pre-existing conditions’ and died of the coronavirus, it is written down as ‘well, it happens’.
“But we have been through a lot, we have experienced the lowest of the lows in recent months and we have been told before that there was a chance we would lose her.
“I think she beat the odds so many times, we are sure she can beat this. Before (the coronavirus) her view was very good. ‘
Mr. and Mrs. Bates have received a lot of support on social media, with friends describing their daughter as a ‘brave little fighter’.
A friend, Caroline Brennan, commented under Erin’s photo after contracting Covid-19 and said, “The NHS should use this photo of your brave daughter to show the audience why they should stay indoors and the fear they it gives her parents. . ‘