COVID-19: Abbotsford’s mother has been on a ventilator for a month

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“It’s an emotionally difficult thing for a spouse to do, but I’m proud of him for doing it. Medical staff have made it clear that there is a long way to go. We appreciate their clarity, it helps us keep our thoughts positive but realistic, ”she said.

Hildebrandt added that her baby boy is “doing very well” and that he has gained a pound since leaving the hospital.

Abbotsford, British Columbia – Dave McIntosh and his newborn son. The baby’s mother, Gillian, is on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19. Her baby was born by cesarean section. Photo by photo submitted – McIntosh famil /PNG

“The midwife and pediatrician all noticed that he was strong and healthy! He brings an element of joy in a difficult time, ”she said.

The baby has a name, but the family want Gillian McIntosh to know it before everyone else. Hildebrandt says the family is grateful for all the help and support they have received.

“Grateful for the abundance of care from our community, the outpouring of donations and the kind messages sent through the GoFundMe campaign… the list goes on, as does our heartfelt gratitude. The directed and shared support and care within our families during this time of crisis continues to be a great gift, ”she said.

“Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Gillian, and keep working hard to follow all provincial guidelines on COVID-19.”

It is not known how McIntosh contracted COVID-19. She tested positive on November 6 and was admitted to Abbotsford Hospital a few days later when it became difficult for her to breathe.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Dave McIntosh take care of his newborn son and three-year-old daughter Gemma while his wife is in the hospital.

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-With files from Glenda Luymes

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