Tennessee mom, 30, meets ‘wonderful’ baby boy three weeks after giving birth in a coma and hooked up to a ventilator during severe COVID complications
- Emily Brown, 30, was 31 weeks pregnant when she was hospitalized with COVID-19 in McMinn County, Tennessee on September 18
- She was placed in a medically induced coma and connected to a ventilator
- Doctors delivered her son Tucker via Caesarean section on Sept. 24
- Brown’s condition worsened to the point that doctors feared she would never meet her baby
- But Brown beat expectations and came out of the coma almost three weeks later
- She said she had no idea she had given birth or how long she was in the hospital
- This week, Brown and her husband finally got to bring baby Tucker home
- “It has changed my outlook on life,” she said of the terrifying experience. ‘It teaches you to live life to the fullest’
A Tennessee woman who became seriously ill with the coronavirus and was placed on a ventilator woke up three weeks later to learn that she had given birth to a ‘miracle’ son.
Emily Brown, 30, was 31 weeks pregnant when she was rushed to Erlanger Hospital in McMinn County on September 18 after complaining that she could not breathe due to complications from COVID-19.
Two days later, doctors put Brown in a medically induced coma and put her on a ventilator, where she stayed for 20 days.
While the mother fought for her life, she welcomed another one as her son Tucker was delivered by Caesarean section on September 24.
Brown shared her amazing story News channel 9 this week, saying, ‘It has changed my outlook on life. It teaches you to live life to the fullest. ‘
Emily Brown, 30, gave birth to her ‘miracle’ son Tucker (pictured together) while hooked up to a ventilator due to coronavirus complications
Brown was 31 weeks pregnant when she was rushed to Erlanger Hospital in McMinn County, Tennessee, on September 18 after complaining that she could not breathe due to complications from COVID-19. Three weeks later she woke up to learn that she had given birth to a baby boy
Brown said she had no idea she had given birth when she woke up from the coma on October 10.
“I thought I was only in the hospital for two days and actually in the hospital for 32 days,” she said.
She said she contracted COVID-19 shortly after her husband and mother became ill from the disease, but her attack was much more severe, resulting in a collapsed lung that required a tracheotomy.
Her condition quickly deteriorated while she was in the hospital, and at one point, doctors had to warn her family that she might never meet her baby.
“ We heard that once you go on a ventilator you never get out, that was a fear of course, ” her husband Josh Brown told News Channel 9.
Brown’s husband Josh (together above) said he feared his wife would never be able to meet their son if her condition worsened in the hospital
Baby Tucker was kept in intensive care for six weeks because he was born prematurely
“It has changed my outlook on life,” said Brown of the birth of her son. ‘It teaches you to live life to the fullest’
The first weeks of her son’s life were also challenging, as he had to stay in intensive care for a month and a half because he was born so early.
Brown was cleared of COVID-19 symptoms and discharged on October 20, but her baby was not ready to leave doctor’s care.
It wasn’t until this week that Tucker was finally allowed to go home after spending the first eight weeks of his life in hospital.
Brown and her family hope their terrifying experience with the virus will serve as a warning to others to take the pandemic seriously.
Wear a mask. I do not like it either. It’s not nice to have this thing on your face, but it’s much better to be in a hospital on a ventilator while your family is wondering if you’re going to make it or not, ”Brown said.
Brown smiles next to one of the doctors who saved her life and her baby
Baby Tucker finally gets to know his relatives after being released from the hospital this week