Sick Woman Gives Birth During Coma: ‘It Was the Grace of God’
By Allyson Vannatta, Senior Writer
A woman in Vancouver, Washington, gave birth to a healthy baby while in a medically induced coma due to COVID-19.
The 27-year-old woman, Angela Primachenko, detailed her experience in an interview with the TODAY Show.
Primachenko said she started to feel sick around March 24 and developed a fever. She immediately went to the same hospital where she works to be tested for the coronavirus.
At 33 weeks pregnant, she tested positive for the deadly virus.
Days passed and her symptoms continued to get worse. On March 29, she was placed in a medically induced coma and hooked up to a ventilator.
Three days later on April 1, Primachenko gave birth to a little baby girl named Ava.
She was woken up five days later on April 6 with a flat belly and no coronavirus symptoms.
Since waking up, the mother of newborn Ava and 10-month-old Emily, has been taken off the ventilator and moved from the ICU.
Primachenko said, “Everyone did a standing ovation and just clapped me out of the ICU, which was so amazing and such a huge thing to be able to leave the ICU and go to the floors.”
She added, “It was just the grace of God.”
Even though she hasn’t been able to interact with her husband or daughters, she says that little Ava is, “our new little breath of life.”
Once Primachenko tests negative for the coronavirus two times, she can be reunited with her family.
She added, “Even in the hardest days and the hardest times, there’s hope. And you can rely on God and people and community. The amount of community people that were praying for me is just unbelievable. I was blown away and I’m so incredibly thankful. And I feel like I’m a miracle walking.”
Watch her interview with TODAY host Sheinelle Jones below.