In October, Elisângela Neves, 31, was infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and almost died. She was 27 weeks pregnant, but she needed to be ventilated and connected to a machine that breathed for her. A risky cesarean section saved her and the baby, making them a very rare case, now the subject of scientific study. Not more than five dozen are known worldwide.
When a friend with a fever asked Adalberto Neves, 33, to bring him medication, he did not refuse. He went without a mask and came back infected without knowing it. At home, he passed the disease to his 31-year-old pregnant wife and mother-in-law. The five-year-old son escaped. As Elisângela’s fever did not go down, they went to Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, in Loures, but the unit was full. They returned home, to return the next day. “I remember going to the bathroom and I don’t remember anything else. I only woke up 24 days later and didn’t have my belly. I was desperate ”, she recalls.
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