Blanca Rodriguez was 28 weeks pregnant when she found out she had COVID-19. As the disease attacked her lung function, Blanca was placed on a ventilator to help herself and her baby breathe. After seven days, the situation took a turn for the worse as both mother and baby stopped getting enough oxygen.
Maternity medical director Dr. Courtney Martin knew she had to act quickly. Her team of 30 health professionals worked together to perform an emergency C-section — all while Blanca lay in a medically induced coma. Even if the operation was successful, Blanca’s baby would be born months premature and vulnerable to dangerous health problems.
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