A 36-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy before dying of the coronavirus about a month later, her family told media outlets.
Amanda Perry was quarantining for two weeks and trying various home remedies before she was hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia on Sept. 15, she documented on Facebook only three days earlier.
“I’m almost 32 weeks pregnant and I’m miserable,” she said. “I’ve been doing everything in my power to kick this at home on my own: all the vitamins, honey and lemon tea, elderberry, Tylenol, pregnancy approved cough syrup, all the rest, hot showers and baths around the clock, sunshine, light walking when I can stand it…. I’m trying to avoid the hospital.”
She was taken to Horizon Medical Center emergency room in Tennessee on Sept. 15, where an emergency C-section was performed and baby Nolan was born eight weeks early, according to WSMV and a GoFundMe page.
But Perry’s health continued to decline and she was airlifted to a trauma center in Virginia, WSMV said.
“Every hospital locally was at capacity,” her husband, Billy Perry, told WKRN. “We were trying to find a hospital that had an available bed that could treat her with ECMO.”
Amanda Perry battled high fevers, mastitis, a tracheotomy, bacteria in her blood, a collapsed lung and a blood transfusion, the outlet reported.
She died on Oct. 18 after a monthlong battle with COVID-19, according to her GoFundMe page.
Billy Perry said she “was hesitant to get vaccinated while pregnant but was planning to get the shot after giving birth,” WKRN reported.
“Pregnant women out there, be careful,” he told the outlet. “Be careful where you go, what you do. Be smart. Amanda was scared to get the vaccine because she wasn’t vaccinated and neither am I. I’m going to get it once all the dust settles here. I’m gonna get it done.”
Nolan, just shy of 6 pounds, spent a month in the NICU before he was discharged in the care of his grandmother Carlene Bennett, according to GoFundMe.
“This is a miracle baby,” Bennett told WSMV. “She had lost so many trying to conceive him. She wanted to get vaccinated, but she did not want to risk the pregnancy. She said she was going to get vaxxed after she gave birth, but time ran out.”
Amanda and Billy Perry got married in 2017 and “brought together their five children from previous marriages,” the outlet said. Amanda got pregnant with their first child, Nolan, after three miscarriages.