Mom shares update on recovery one year after emergency delivery while sick with COVID-19

A little more than a year after she was released from the hospital, Takia Morrison’s health continues to improve.

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- [KISSING SOUND]

TAKIA MORRISON: You blow kisses!

TESS BARGEBUHR: Happy and healthy, one-year-old Kylan is curious about everything, from earrings--

TAKIA MORRISON: Oh! You took it off again!

TESS BARGEBUHR: --to news cameras.

TAKIA MORRISON: That's Kylan? Where's Kylan?

TESS BARGEBUHR: Like most parents, it's been a tough year for Takia Morrison-- even tougher because she wasn't sure she'd be here to celebrate her son's first birthday.

TAKIA MORRISON: [GASPING]

TESS BARGEBUHR: Takia recorded herself struggling to breathe while 38 weeks pregnant.

TAKIA MORRISON: And that was the night that I went to the hospital.

TESS BARGEBUHR: A seizure put her on life support and a ventilator for weeks.

TAKIA MORRISON: It feels like yesterday. I still have nightmares and all kinds of things. My ICU room at Duke I could hear the helicopter, so I think my room was close to the helicopter pad. So a lot of times I can hear-- I can hear the beeping of the machines or the air sounds that the ventilator makes.

TESS BARGEBUHR: She credits a team of doctors and nurses for her recovery.

[CHEERING]

They lined the hallways as she left Duke Hospital in May 2020, finally able to see her son for the first time.

Takia has a scar from her tracheostomy and works from home as she recovers.

TAKIA MORRISON: I do get out of breath really quickly. Anything that Kylan gets from daycare, as far as sickness, I get it immediately.

TESS BARGEBUHR: Her hospital stay put her college degree in early education on hold. She's scared to go back to class.

TAKIA MORRISON: It's scary. And I know everyone is getting back to how the world was, but it's just still lingering in the back of my mind.

TESS BARGEBUHR: Takia's priority is her children and keeping them safe.

TAKIA MORRISON: I look at him like he's special. He definitely made it, too.

TESS BARGEBUHR: In Greensboro, Tess Bargebuhr, FOX8 News.