An Indiana mom who underwent an emergency cesarean section while hospitalized with COVID-19 has held her baby boy for the first time in more than seven weeks.
Autumn Carver, 34, held her son, Huxley, for the first time on Oct. 19, in the same Indiana hospital where she gave birth on Aug. 27, in an emergency C-section while 33 weeks pregnant.
The 34-year-old pregnant mom and her husband Zach had both tested positive for COVID in August. Zach had a fever but Autumn experienced lung complications and had to be put on a ventilator.
She was flown to Methodist Hospital where her third child and first son Huxley Carver was delivered. Huxley stayed in the hospital for 10 days, but Autumn was placed on life support.
But Autumn fought hard and nearly two months later she was able to hold her new baby for the first time.
“It was very emotional, for myself and of course her parents and of course for Autumn,” her husband, Zach Carver, told Good Morning America. “It’s why she is fighting so hard, so she can get home to our kids.”
Her husband described his wife as the most caring and loving person who could light up a room with her smile.
Zach took to Facebook to announce the happy news writing, “A surprise conversation with a doctor this morning brought us out of isolation and a plan for Autumn to meet Huxley. Same convo advised us that Autumn Carver’s tracheotomy would be switched out to a smaller one so she could have a speaking devise attached to it.
“At 3 pm today she met our son and it was an amazing moment needless to say. Her parents, one of her best friends and many nurses and doctors witnessed the special moment. I don’t know if there was a dry eye in the area. Later this afternoon I got to hear Autumn say ‘I love Zach’. What an amazing day.
“We have a long way to go, but a good day through this was much needed. Autumn says thank you for all the prayers and support along the way. God bless you.”
The mom of three was then moved to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Her lungs are in very poor condition and she may face a lung transplant at some point, as per FaithTap.
On Nov. 17 Zach posted an update on his wife’s condition saying: “She is getting stronger and able to walk around our room without a walker more and more.
“We went from she’s going to die, to she’s going to need a full lung transplant to she’s going to go home,” he said. “It’s an absolute miracle.”
It really is a miracle and shows the strength of this mom to recover so she can be there for her kids; I’m so glad this supermom is recovering.