Nurse Who Gave Birth After Having COVID-19 Fights for Life Following Cardiac Arrest

Tarrah Gibbons
May 04, 2020 - 2:14 pm

A New York nurse who contracted COVID-19 while pregnant is clinging to life.

In a GoFundMe page set up for her by her family, it said that after contracting coronavirus, she went into cardiac arrest.

Slyvia LeRoy, a labor and delivery nurse at Brookdale University Hospital Medical, tested positive for the deadly virus in March when she was 28 weeks pregnant, the New York Post reported. She is 35-years-old.

On April 12, it became life or death for the 35-year-old. As she was recovering at Mt. Sinai Hospital, she fell into cardiac arrest. This happened one week after she was being taken off a ventilator.

The donation page said that “the arrest lasted 4 minutes and has left her with anoxic brain injury due to lack of oxygen.”

LeRoy is awake, but she is barely conscious as she is not able to respond to commands, touch, and sounds. It is not known whether or not the nurse had pre-existing medical conditions before contracting the deadly virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with underlying medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, and liver disease, are at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

LeRoy’s family said last week the nurse tested negative twice for COVID-19.

As for her birth, she prematurely delivered her daughter, Ester. Her husband, Jeffry, said he believes his wife contracted coronavirus while working at the hospital.

“She did nothing except go to work and then come home to her family,” he said. “She must have picked up the virus from one of her patients.”

According to the donation page, the nurse and mother will need long-term acute cognitive and physical therapy. The page has raised more than $140,000 for its $200,000 goal.

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