Life support

Pregnant woman was put on life support shortly after emergency Caesarean section due to complications from COVID-19

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT / Gray News) – A pregnant woman with COVID-19 was airlifted to hospital within a week of her diagnosis and underwent an emergency cesarean.

According to WECTBrian and Kathryn Ayres both contracted the virus in late July, but Kathryn Ayres’ symptoms were much worse than her husband’s.

“I felt like I had been hit by a bus and couldn’t even get out of bed,” Kathryn said.

She was 39 weeks pregnant at the time.

After giving birth to a healthy baby girl, Piper, doctors intubated Kathryn and finally put her on life support within 10 days of arriving at the hospital.

“I really thought I was planning a funeral,” Brian said. “I’m literally at home with a newborn baby and a 16 year old trying to figure out what life is going to be like now. We didn’t really know overnight because it was so high and low.

Brian said he called his wife four times a day, not sure if he would hear her voice again.

She was in a coma until September 3, but still had a long way to go.

Kathryn slowly improved and the doctors explained that things wouldn’t be normal right away.

She lost most of her physical strength as her body focused on recovery so that she could recover enough to see her family again.

About two weeks after Kathryn stopped resuscitating, she was able to visit her husband and two children.

After spending 65 days in the hospital, she was able to return home to continue her rehabilitation.

“I couldn’t just jump and do things that I used to do,” explained Kathryn. “I was watching people walking around the room and I was so jealous.”

Kathryn said she needed help with daily chores like dressing and putting on shoes.

But despite the challenges, the family cherishes every moment they spend together.

“Now it’s literally enjoying each day that we have,” Brian said. “Just having a second chance with my wife is amazing to me. I’m lucky to have my wife at home – it’s great.

“I am grateful to be here,” said Kathryn. “There are a lot of people who are not here. There are a lot of kids who don’t have their parents because of COVID, and a lot of families have buried loved ones, so I’m just thankful to God. There are issues, but I’m here to get the job done.

Kathryn has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 due to concerns about her pregnancy, but plans to be vaccinated soon. Brian was fully immunized when he contracted the virus.

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