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Woman Gives Birth in the Same Hospital Her Husband Died of COVID-19 Weeks Earlier

Stephen Thompson
Aug 09, 2021
11:20 P.M.
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A woman whose husband died a few weeks before she welcomed their child experienced bittersweet childbirth when she had to return to the same hospital where he passed away.

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A woman from Texas was dealt an unlucky hand when she had to give birth to her son in the same hospital her husband lost his life after contracting the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Her name is Maria Garza, and her late husband Jason had been diagnosed with the virus in February while she was carrying their second child. Unfortunately, a couple of months after his diagnosis, Jason succumbed to the virus — he never met his son.

A woman who gave birth in the same hospital her husband died seen hugging him in a photo. | Photo: facebook.com/maria.collazo.75

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Garza gave birth to their child on July 19 and named him after his father. The experience of welcoming a child at the same hospital where she lost her husband was a "jarring" one for the woman.

It was as though she was in a replay of the events as the hospital setting was the same. Luckily, Garza did not have to go through it all alone; her mother was there to support her throughout the duration of the labor and delivery.

Her mom was essentially there to replace her late hubby; however, Garza clung to memories of him, and it made the experience a "bittersweet" one.

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According to what Garza told "Good Morning America," Jason was aware that they had a child on the way before he was diagnosed with the Coronavirus in February.

But, unfortunately, because he was hospitalized due to the illness, he could not be present for most of his wife's pregnancy term.

The doctor is certain that the pregnancy was made safer because the mother had been vaccinated.

Photo of a syringe and some vials next to it. | Photo: Pixabay

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Garza defined the seriousness and length of her husband's illness as a "roller coaster." She said: "One day he was improving, and the next day he would almost pass. The stress of him being in the ICU for three months was almost more than his passing..."

According to Garza's OB-GYN, Dr. John Thoppil, the stress of the late Jason's illness combined with her pregnancy presented him with a "trying situation."

As a result, he did his best to be there for her as much as possible, giving her love, support, and guidance for as long as she asked for it.

Doctors gather around a paper with the words coronavirus written at the top and appear to be having a discussion. | Photo: Getty Images

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Thoppil also praised Garza for her natural resilience — a gift that helped her handle the extremely intense situation well. He says she took it all so well, nobody outside her closest circle would have known what she was passing through.

In addition, the doctor is certain that the pregnancy was made safer because the mother had been vaccinated. Garza worked in the healthcare industry and had been vaccinated during her pregnancy while her husband was housed in the ICU.

The vaccine saved her life, and now she has come forward with her story to urge people, especially pregnant women, to get their vaccine shots.

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