With a weight of 3,340 grams, the baby girl was born at 10:02 p.m. She is also the 100th newborn at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, which is the city’s first designated hospital for the treatment of COVID-19 cases, during the recent resurgence of the epidemic in the city.
Lu had symptoms such as a stuffy nose and sore throat, complicated by her obesity and gestational diabetes mellitus, and was believed to have severe or critical risk factors for COVID-19. The medical teams at the center closely monitored her health condition.
Lu developed problems with her breathing the day after she was admitted to the center. She improved after treatment, though she suffered from chest discomfort and her breathing problems worsened on Sunday.
"We were afraid that her condition would possibly become severe, so it was advisable to terminate the pregnancy to reduce her cardiopulmonary burden. After a quick consultation with multidisciplinary experts in the hospital, we decided to carry out an emergency cesarean section," Deng said.
"Although we are engaged in this work all the year round, every time we hold a baby in our hands, we feel full of hope and strength. We are happy for every pregnant mother and every child, and we also thank them for their support and trust," Deng added.
One mother at the center said she felt nervous at first when she was transferred to the designated hospital, but with the patient consolation and treatment of the medical staff, she gave birth to her baby safely. She now looks forward to heading home with her newborn.