A three-week-old girl who was considered the youngest coronavirus patient in Scotland recovered from the virus to the delight of her parents and the medical staff who cared for her.
Peyton Maguire was born eight weeks prematurely on March 26 and was delivered by cesarean section at Wishaw University Hospital after mother Tracy was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.
After being taken care of in a neonatal unit incubator, the 3 lb 11 oz baby tested positive for Covid-19 on April 15 – despite the absence of symptoms.
On Monday, after two negative tests, Peyton has now been allowed to leave the hospital with his parents.
Tracy and AJ Maguire with their three-week-old daughter Peyton Maguire, who has become one of the youngest in the UK to recover from the coronavirus to the delight of her parents and the medical team who took care of it. ‘she
Maguire said, “When I heard that Peyton had a coronavirus, I was sobbing and was really worried about how it could affect his respiratory system, his lungs and whether it was life threatening.
“She had a sniff, which is why they tested her for a range of viruses, including Covid-19.
“We were told that we had to stay away from Peyton for 14 days and isolate ourselves at home, but I argued not to be separated from my baby for so long.
“The staff graciously agreed that I could isolate myself with them at the hospital while AJ stayed at home. “
She added, “Watching the staff at work was amazing.
“They put their lives on the line to make sure my baby was fed and cuddled.
“Even wearing their PPE, they were determined to keep it.
“Peyton is the most precious person in the world for me and it shows the confidence I had in midwives and other staff that I put his care in their hands – because that’s what they are trained to do. “
Peyton is now back home in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, with his 27-year-old mother – a digital marketing student – and his 28-year-old father, AJ, who works as a personal trainer and boxing trainer.
Maguire now hopes their story can reassure other future parents who may need to go to the hospital in the near future.
She added, “My message to all expecting mothers is that they shouldn’t worry about going to the hospital to give birth because the staff know exactly what they need to do to protect everyone from virus.
“And if people have symptoms of a serious health problem like me, they shouldn’t be afraid to go to the hospital and get checked out, because just leaving it could make their condition worse.
“Only someone who has been at our job can understand the gratitude we feel for the hospital staff. “
Cheryl Clark, chief midwife of NHS Lanarkshire, said, “We are delighted that the fantastic care Peyton has received from our staff has meant that she is well enough to go home, allowing AJ to find his wife. and her daughter. “
There have been cases of newborn babies born with the virus around the world. A newborn baby in China was diagnosed with the virus only 30 hours after being born in February.
Last month, a newborn baby who tested positive for Covid-19 was considered the youngest victim in Britain. The mother was rushed to London hospital a few days earlier, suspected of pneumonia.
A six-week-old Connecticut baby would be among the youngest in the world to die from a coronavirus earlier this month.