Hope and a New Life in a Brooklyn Maternity Fighting Covid-19

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As in other New York hospitals, the wave of new Covid-19 patients flattened out last week. But the intensive care unit at Brooklyn Hospital had to keep growing, almost three times its original size, and deaths remained high. Nearly 90 patients have confirmed or suspected that the virus has died since March 1. From Monday to Friday last week alone, 30 died. Five staff members also died. The crisis is not over, warned Dr. Byer and other doctors.

But he is grateful: so far, no mother or baby has been lost. There have been no confirmed cases in newborns, although doctors are awaiting results for one, according to the president of pediatrics, Dr. Noah Kondamudi.

Mrs. Anderson’s case was particularly distressing. She had been a patient of Dr. Byer’s for years. He advised her to get pregnant after a miscarriage and gave birth to her sister’s children. Day after day, as she struggled for her survival, he kept asking himself: is she going to lose the baby she so much tried to have? Will her child be left without a mother?

During her ordeal, her mother, Doris Robinson, came to Dr. Byer’s office. “Do you think she’ll get there? ” she asked. “Please be real with me. “

When Ms. Anderson, a substitute teacher, finally became pregnant, prenatal visits became a family affair. The baby’s father, David Cirilo, who works in security, and often Ms. Anderson’s mother, joined her to attend the ultrasounds. The baby was due to arrive in June.

Dr. Byer loved his patient – “he had a great personality,” he described to her – who asked her questions about her health and how she could solve many problems, including obesity, that could affect her chances of getting pregnant. . “She was very diligent,” he told a reporter.

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