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Colombian woman positive for COVID-19 in coma gives birth to non-infected child

The 36-year-old woman Diana Angola was fighting for her own life gives birth to baby Jefferson. Diana was put into coma after contracting the coronavirus, which left her lungs barely able to cope.

Doctors performed a caesarian section due to the state of her lungs and the baby was born at 14 weeks, premature.

Jefferson son of Diana Paola Angola who recovered of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, rests in an incubator in the Versalles Clinic, on June 24, 2020 in Cali, Colombia. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)

The surreal incident has left shocked for doctors, Paula Velasquez, a doctor specializing in internal medicine at the Versalles clinic in the southeastern city of Cali, told AFP.

“We knew that there were few reported cases of survival in a context as severe as our patient,” said Velasquez.

Diana, who also has a daughter, was taken to hospital on May 15 with high fever.

After three days whe was put into an induced coma and kept that way until surgery.

Because she was pregnant, she had to kept sitting up at a 45 degrees angle, when those suffering from pneumonia are normally laid down flat to help their breathing.

Despite the baby was born without coronavirus - doctors said they had to revive him because he struggled to breath.

“We had to go through the whole procedure of a critical patient,” pediatrician Edwin Olivo, who was one of the specialists involved in the birth, said.

“A human being can survive from 24 weeks with a good weight, but with a lot of technology and an effect on neurological development and the lungs,” said Velasquez.

Now recovered from the virus, Diana is desperate to be discharged with her son.

“It’s really emotional knowing that we fought, that the doctors helped us survive,” she said, her voice faint.

She says she doesn’t know how she contracted the virus and her family insists she complied rigidly with the lockdown, first imposed on March 25 but which has been easing recently.

With more than 2,600 deaths and 80,000 cases, Colombia is the sixth most affected country in Latin America in terms of fatalities and fifth worst for infections.

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