COVID-Positive Mother Who Gave Birth While in a Coma Meets Her Baby for the First time

Travis Len’s name was a secret until last weekend. He had been born in mid-November to B.C. parents Dave and Gillian McIntosh, except that Gillian had been in an induced coma at the time. Now that she’s thankfully been brought out of the coma and is in stable condition, she was able to spend some quality time with her baby, and even learned his gender; the new mother had not been told previously that her newborn is a boy.

Gillian began feeling unwell in early November during her third trimester, convinced that it was only related to her pregnancy. After symptoms of nausea and lack of appetite, she decided to go to the hospital while Dave remained at home to care for their three-year-old daughter. Upon arriving at the hospital, Gillian was diagnosed with pneumonia…and also tested positive for COVID-19.

Dave and Gillian McIntosh seen in a family photo with their three-year-old daughter.
Dave and Gillian McIntosh seen in a family photo with their three-year-old daughter.

At first, Dave expected her to be in the hospital for a few days, but things quickly took a bad turn. Soon Dave was receiving a text from his wife explaining that she was to receive an emergency C-section becomes of COVID complications. That was their last communication for a while, as she was soon placed into an induced coma, put on a ventilator, and positioned in the ICU, while Dave and their daughter quarantined at home. The two tested negative for COVID-19 in November.

Luckily, the new McIntosh baby was healthy, though he remained in the neonatal ICU for monitoring until Dave was permitted to bring him home. Then, when Gillian was eased out of her coma last week, she was finally able to meet and hold little Travis.

The family still awaits a full reunion at their home, however, as Gillian remains stationed in the ICU, though the new mother is reportedly in stable condition. 

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