Nurse makes baby registry for new father after unvaccinated wife dies from COVID-19 – .

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Nurse makes baby registry for new father after unvaccinated wife dies from COVID-19 – .


New father whose wife died of COVID-19, leaving behind their newborn baby she never met, has been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers – thanks to a baby registry set up by their nurse .

Eric Robison’s wife, Emily, 22, died on September 20.

She was not vaccinated, fearing the vaccine would affect their unborn child, and had battled COVID-19 for more than a month.

Eric also contracted COVID but, unlike his wife, recovered quickly.

Their daughter, Carmen, was born by emergency cesarean on August 25, two months premature and weighing two pounds nine ounces.

Eric Robison is pictured with his wife Emily, who died on September 20 at the age of 22. Their daughter, Carmen, was born by emergency C-section on August 25, but by that time Emily was unconscious and never recovered.

Critical care nurse Ashlee Schwartz said seeing Robison’s predicament broke her heart

Ashlee Schwartz, an intensive care nurse at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas, said she was heartbroken to see Eric in hospital, with his wife intubated, fighting for his life and a newborn baby.

“The image will forever be etched in my head,” she told CNN.

“He was just looking in a daze. It literally broke my heart.

Ashlee Schwartz is pictured with her own family

Ashlee Schwartz is pictured with her own family

“Especially as an intensive care nurse the reality of living with this virus is that any patient’s story could very well be our own story one day and I was like ‘What if it was me sitting on that chair looking in my husband’s room? ”

Schwartz said she wanted to help the devastated new dad.

“I called Eric and asked him if he and Emily had a baby registry and he didn’t know what a registry was,” she said.

– He said all they had for Carmen was clothes. As Emily fought for her life, I just felt called out and had a sense of responsibility to make sure this baby had everything she needed.

“All I could imagine was Emily coming home after being hospitalized for months and having nothing for Carmen and wondering ‘Why didn’t someone help me? ”

Schwartz took charge of building a gift list, with links to baby essentials at Amazon and Target.

She posted the links on her Facebook page and also set up a GoFundMe site.

“I never imagined that the freebies would start pouring in from all over Arkansas and the rest of the country,” Robison said.

“It’s bittersweet, because I wish Emily was still alive to see it.” But not having to worry about caring for Carmen is one less thing I need to worry about right now.

GoFundMe has raised $ 17,500 so far and more than 200 people have donated gifts, purchasing items ranging from diapers, rompers and bibs to books, a car seat and a crib.

Schwartz shared his call on Facebook, asking the local community to help the new dad

Schwartz shared his call on Facebook, asking the local community to help the new dad

Schwartz made a print of Emily's hands, as a gift for Carmen.  The baby's handprint will be added to his mother's

Schwartz made a print of Emily’s hands, as a gift for Carmen. The baby’s handprint will be added to his mother’s

The little girl is due out of the hospital on Monday, after two months spent in the neonatal ward.

Schwartz made a framed handprint of Emily, for Carmen to add her handprint.

“She will keep a memory of her mom forever,” said Schwartz.

Robison said he was overwhelmed with the support.

“I am very grateful to everyone who helped me, even those who sent me a message saying they couldn’t give me money but would pray for me. It’s pretty perfect for me, ”said Robison.

“I know Emily is watching right now crying with happiness. She always wanted to be a mom.

Robison is now urging everyone to get vaccinated, especially pregnant women.

Pregnant women who develop symptoms of COVID-19 are at risk of emergency complications and other problems with their pregnancy, two new studies show.

But despite the risks, pregnant women remain among the most vaccine-reluctant populations in the United States, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC says on its website: “The evidence for the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has increased.

“These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.

“There is currently no evidence that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men. “

Robison is pictured with Schwartz, who has taken it upon herself to rally the community to support the Robison family

Robison is pictured with Schwartz, who has taken it upon herself to rally the community to support the Robison family

Robison states on the GoFundMe page: “Vaccinated or not, please take COVID seriously. If we had, Emily would still be there.

This weekend would have marked the couple’s four years and three years since their marriage.

They met on Facebook and moved in together in less than a month, getting married in October 2018.

“She was like the Jim Carrey woman,” he told CNN.

“She was extremely clumsy, extremely cute.

“Wherever I was with her, I was at home. That’s what I always felt with her, even when we hit rock bottom.

Their daughter Carmen was born on August 25 and is due to return home on Monday after two months in the neonatal ward.

Their daughter Carmen was born on August 25 and is due to return home on Monday after two months in the neonatal ward.

He said he has recurring nightmares from the moment he lost her.

“That sound from the heart monitor as they push her, trying to pull her back, that sound has been playing in my nightmare every night since,” he said.

“I had to be in COVID gear to see her after she died because she had been so sick, but it kept me from kissing her. I did not care. As they closed the curtains, I ripped off the mask and kissed her. I told him that I love him and that I’m sorry I didn’t try harder.

He told CNN that after his wife died he “was just a lost soul.”

He added, “It’s a pain unlike anything I’ve felt in my life, sitting there staring at my wife, dead on a bed, holding her hand and watching the color come out of her face.

‘To get vaccinated. It is very serious. She would still be there if we took it seriously.

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