Doctors told Ryan Nash they believed his wife had a 5% chance of survival at some point. “Thank goodness she is with us today and has woken up and is really starting to see signs of recovery,” Nash said.
Jennifer’s battle was far from over. Woman Yorba Linda contracted the virus in late March when she was 24 weeks pregnant.
On Easter Day, Jennifer was transferred to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with COVID-19 pneumonia.
She needed her blood to be pumped out of her body to be oxygenated and reintroduced.
“That’s when she was intubated and sedated and that’s where she has been. She is still (there) to this day, ”Nash said.
During this therapy, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as ECMO, Jennifer’s blood clotted.The anticoagulants helped, but her growing baby was pushing on her lungs and the baby’s father had to make a call.
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In early May, when she was 29 weeks pregnant, Jennifer underwent an emergency Caesarean section, but another complication then developed.
“When they did the caesarean, one of her arteries was cut, so she was bleeding inside. So, yeah, that was something else… and it almost cost him his life, ”Nash said with tears in his eyes, adding,“ Sometimes it’s hard. “
For over two months, he played two roles for their toddler, he even threw a birthday party for their 2 year old.
“Those things you take for granted when you have your wife at home like, I didn’t even know how to style a girl,” Nash said with a laugh. “I’m still learning this. I’m getting pretty good. “
Jennifer has a long road to recovery. She will be on a ventilator for at least another month and may need oxygen for the rest of her life.
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Although this happened almost a month after Pressley Marie was born, the family are grateful that they are both alive and for the medical team and loved ones who helped them get there.
After nearly losing his wife and child over and over again, Nash is encouraging other families to get the COVID-19 shot and cover up if they don’t.
“We have a social responsibility not for ourselves, but for others,” Nash said.
Medical bills are pouring in. A GoFundMe account has been created for the Nash family for anyone wishing to help.
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