For many, the story of a brave mother who gave birth to a health child while she tested positive for Covid-19 would be considered a joyous news. However, for Sylvia LeRoy and her family, the story has a much sadder back story to it – LeRoy does not recognized her baby.
LeRoy was a NYC nurse who was pregnant with her second child when she contracted the virus. Although she is still alive, LeRoy is very ill and has difficulty communicating verbally.
Moreover, because of a brain injury that she sustained during her time in bed, she has forgotten the fact that she gave birth to her 3 months old baby girl Esther. LeRoy’s sister says when the family ask LeRoy about managing to give birth, she simply shakes her head in denial.
However, her family did not show remorse for the injuries that LeRoy sustained but rather expressed their gratitude. Shirley Licin, the aforementioned sister, said she is sad she lost the LeRoy she knew, but was grateful that her younger sister was still with her.
The New York Post first reported the story earlier this year when LeRoy was still in a coma. It reports that after the story became known, LeRoy’s family was able to raise some $1 million via an online fundraiser. They acknowledged that this money made a great difference.
It was late March when she tested positive for the virus. LeRoy ironically worked as a delivery nurse in Brookdale University Hospital. Although it has not been confirmed, it is suspected that this is where she was exposed to the virus.
While she got over the initial symptoms via the use of a ventilator, the worst damage came when LeRoy went through a cardiac arrest. Doctors believe that Covid-19 induced fluids in her lungs that may have caused the heart failure.
While her heartbeat stopped for 8 minutes, LeRoy was rushed to the delivery room. There, Esther was born into this world at just 30 weeks old. Tragically, her mother sustained serious injuries because of oxygen deprivation.
Luckily, LeRoy has returned home this week after spending months in the hospital. She is said to have regained basic communication skills, including expressing yes or no via hand gesture.
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