Ho Chi Minh CityIn the heavy rain, the car to pick up the babies born from the Covid-19 treatment area just arrived, the nurse Le Tran Thanh Mai, 26 years old, hunched over to cover the rain and carried each baby into the stroller.
Just pushing the babies inside, Mai received a notice from the Covid-19 treatment area that a pregnant woman had to have a 28-week cesarean section, preparing to go to the operating table. A team was quickly dispatched to support obstetricians and gynecologists. Meanwhile, Mai hastily prepared the incubator and ventilator to be ready to receive the baby.
30 minutes later, the ambulance took the baby to the treatment area. Thanh Mai quickly took the baby from the doctor’s hand and brought it to the incubator. Holding her tiny hand, Mai tried to find the vein to give her child fluids. Looking at the red baby weighing 900g, having just been born, struggling in the ropes to breathe, Mai felt stinging.
“If it weren’t for Covid, I would be sleeping soundly in my mother’s womb right now, protected by my mother so that I could be born full-term and healthy,” Mai thought to herself.
Le Tran Thanh Mai, 26 years old, a nurse at Hung Vuong Hospital, was an F0. After 21 days of recovering from Covid-19, Mai immediately returned to work.
Every day, Mai and her colleagues take turns “receiving children” from the Covid-19 treatment area for pregnant women and taking them to the neonatal Covid-19 treatment area for care. Before the epidemic, this was the floor for premature babies, incubated by their parents using the Kangaroo method, now used to isolate babies born to mothers with Covid-19.
During one shift, Mai and three colleagues were responsible for taking care of 120 newborn babies separated from their mothers. Mai’s day usually begins with many tasks from bathing, changing diapers, feeding, checking health, assisting in taking samples for testing to giving antibiotics to infected children, taking care of children who are positive.. .
“Every time I bring a box of sample tubes for testing, I just pray to God that all of them are negative. But unfortunately, there are still a few positive samples,” Mai said.
Once an F0, had to go to isolation, so more than anyone, Mai understands the pain that mothers and children are going through. Pregnant women infected with Covid-19 have to struggle with illness, try to keep their lives for themselves and their children, and then go through a painful birth alone without relatives by their side. The newborn baby has to be far from the warmth and breast milk, many mothers have to express the discarded milk.
Mai shared, another difficulty is that “the children can’t talk, so they don’t know where they are tired and uncomfortable. I try to ease the symptoms they have, such as wiping the body to cool down to lower the child’s fever. “.
Fortunately, thanks to the “cool hands” of the girls, most of the children recovered well and were healthy. The children grow up day by day, from 900g to being discharged from the hospital, they are nearly 2kg, which is happiness, Mai said.
“I can’t bear all the hard work, many days I’ve been busy forgetting to eat, I just hope that the children and the mothers are safe and healthy. Every time I hear the news that a baby has lost his mother, my heart aches. Looking at the new-born baby, I feel helpless. I am an orphan, I love you so much. Born at this time, the children were disadvantaged, so I just hope the little angels will have a peaceful life,” Mai shared.
After being discharged from the hospital, the children who have not been picked up by their relatives will be transferred to the HOPE center. Here, the volunteer nannies will take turns taking care of the children.
Truong Thi Hien, a pregnant woman with Covid-19 who fortunately recovered and received her child from HOPE Center, Hung Vuong Hospital, shared: After giving birth, she only looked at her baby for 30 seconds and then had to go to isolation for Covid-19 treatment. 19. At that time, she was very worried about her child, she did not know how she was doing now, how the aunts took care of her. When she received the baby back and was handed it by the aunts, she was overjoyed to see that the baby was healthy and rosy.
“Carrying my baby in my arms, I am secretly grateful to the nurses, the nannies who took care of me while I was undergoing treatment. Newborn babies’ skin is often very sensitive, prone to rashes, diaper rash, but the baby is well taken care of. The skin is fresh and rosy,” said Hien.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hoang Thi Diem Tuyet, Director of Hung Vuong Hospital, said that over the past time, many pregnant women with Covid-19 had to be isolated in isolation, newborn babies were born without relatives to take care of them. 120 babies are being cared for at the hospital, sometimes up to 150, 160 babies. More than 100 children who were discharged from the hospital were transferred to the HOPE center
Since April, Hung Vuong Hospital has received more than 1,200 pregnant women and nearly 800 babies born to mothers with Covid-19. There are many babies born very prematurely because they are forced to terminate the pregnancy early to save the mother from becoming seriously ill. A baby died in the womb due to the impact of Covid-19. Fortunately, the rate of children with Covid-19 in this group of F0 mothers is very low, only 5 out of 500 children, accounting for 1%.