Louisiana New Born Dies Due to Premature Birth after Mother with COVID-19 Goes into Early Labor

Out in Louisiana, a newborn baby died and might now be considered the youngest COVID-19 death in the US. The baby was more than three months premature. 

One woman in the East Baton Rouge Parish of Louisiana is mourning the death of her baby after going into early labor and delivering. The community coroner's office shared the news via Facebook live

In the 20-minute video shared on Monday, Beau Clark discussed the tragic incident which happened after a new mother started exhibiting symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

Illustration of blood drawn to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus. | Source: Pixabay.

Illustration of blood drawn to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus. | Source: Pixabay.

Woman goes into preterm labor

She had "shortness of breath, fever, etc.," which made hospital staff put her on a ventilator. Ultimately she went into preterm labor and delivered her baby reportedly three months before it was due. 

Due to how premature it was, the baby did not survive. Because the mother tested positive for the coronavirus, Clark noted that the death would be listed as a COVID-19-related death. 

Illustration of the global coronavirus pandemic. | Source: Pixabay.

Illustration of the global coronavirus pandemic. | Source: Pixabay.

Death attributed to the coronavirus

He explained: "Had she not been COVID-19 positive, [...] required support, had the shortness of breath. […] likely she would not have gone into preterm labor, and there would have been a different outcome."

So far, the child has not tested positive for COVID-19. Clark then implored listeners to continue practicing social distancing by staying six feet away from others. 

Six-week old newborn dies

Last week, the youngest death in the nation was a six-week-old baby in Connecticut. According to state Governor Ned Lamont, the child was the youngest globally to die of the virus. 

The newborn was reportedly unresponsive when it was brought into the emergency room and couldn't be revived. It was later tested for COVID-19, and the response was positive. 

He added: "This is a virus that attacks our most fragile without mercy." Again, the official advised persons to practice self-quarantine before sending out condolences to the family. 

Preparing for more deaths

A few days ago, officials discussed the grim prediction that claims health care workers would see an increase in their fatality rate due to exposure at the hospitals. 
Coronavirus quarantine sign | Photo: Pixabay/Alexey_Hulsov

Coronavirus quarantine sign | Photo: Pixabay/Alexey_Hulsov

Dr. Esther Choo, an ER Doctor and a professor at the Oregon Health & Science University, talked of losing people that trained together. We hope, somehow, time proves her wrong. 

ⓘ We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDС, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!

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