Officials said a newborn baby in Louisiana died on Sunday after their mother with COVID-19 prematurely went into labor.
The Advocate reported that the baby girl was born more than three months early after their mother experienced severe symptoms related to COVID-19. The mother remains on a ventilator; officials haven’t disclosed additional details regarding her condition.
East Baton Rouge Coroner Dr. Beau Clark confirmed the mother’s coronavirus diagnosis directly caused her daughter’s death.
According to The Advocate, Clark said the mother likely gave birth after experiencing a lack of oxygen — a common symptom in coronavirus patients.
Officials are in the process of determining whether the newborn also had the virus. Clark said even if the baby tests negative, her death is still attributed to COVID-19.
Referring to the mother, the coroner said, “Had she not been COVID-19 positive, had not required ventilatory support, had not had shortness of breath and the hypoxia that’s associated with the virus, likely she would have not gone into preterm labor and there would have been a different outcome.”
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