Pregnant teacher, 31, dies after catching coronavirus at surprise baby shower but hero docs save tot

A PREGNANT teacher has died after catching coronavirus at a surprise baby shower – but hero doctors managed to save her tot.

Camila Graciano, 31, was eight months pregnant when she caught the virus in the city of Anapolis, in the central Brazilian state of Goias, after contact with an infected person at the surprise party friends had thrown for her.

Only a few days later she was rushed to hospital, and doctors had to induce her labour.

They managed to save the child but Ms Graciano passed away.

Her family said that knowing that her pregnancy was at risk, the 31-year-old had taken great care not to leave her home during the pandemic.

However, her brother Daniel Helio Ambrosio told local news outlet Globo that her co-workers organised a surprise baby shower towards the end of her term.

One of her friends that turned up had reportedly already contracted coronavirus but was at that point asymptomatic and therefore unaware.

Mr Ambrosio said: "Soon afterwards she [the friend] got really bad and let the others who were there know. Unfortunately, my sister was one of those infected.”

Ms Graciano was rushed to hospital three days after the party. Her family struggled to find a bed for her as all of the city’s intensive care beds were occupied at the time.

Her brother said: "They were thinking about taking her to [the major cities of] Goiania or Brasilia. Thanks be to God we have many friends who we mobilised in order to get an ICU bed for Camila, and finally we got one in the Santa Casa [Hospital]."

She was admitted into a maternity ward for high-risk pregnancies which has beds specifically set aside for women with COVID last Wednesday.

Her childbirth had to be induced to save the baby, who was born premature but has been faring well.

The brother said: "Thank God my niece is showing good signs, she’s breathing alone in the incubator, and doesn’t need oxygen."

Despite the severity of Ms Graciano’s condition, the family had high hopes that she would recover, and she was even showing signs of significant improvement.

Mr Ambrosio noted: "Right after giving birth, she showed some major improvement. Even the doctors said: 'Look, have faith, because her lungs are improving, her heart rate is improving, her blood pressure is improving'."

On Friday though, she started to deteriorate and died the following day.

Her brother said: “On Friday she started to get worse, the virus had mutated very strongly, and she didn’t stand a chance.”

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has suffered 3,669,995 cases of COVID-19 with 116,580 related deaths.

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