A Young Mother With COVID-19 In Chicago Dies After Emergency C-Section
There is no lack of tragic stories of loss and heartbreak as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has killed the old, young, sick, and healthy. For one Chicago family, the virus took a young woman after an emergency c-section was performed to save her child’s life.
A Chicago family is mourning the sudden and tragic death of a young mother-to-be.
Eli Solano was a 26-year-old pregnant woman living in Chicago. Solano was expecting her first child when she was diagnosed with COVID-19. The mother-to-be was hospitalized with the virus for three days before being sent home. According to family members, her symptoms from the virus continued to worsen until she was readmitted to the hospital.
The family is currently raising money to cover the unexpected cost of a funeral for Solano.
Solano’s brother remembers her as someone who was excited to be a new mother.
“She was very excited to have her baby and she was very excited throughout her whole pregnancy,” Solano’s brother, Mauricio Solano told NBC 5 Chicago.
Mauricio’s Facebook post dedicated to his sister has been flooded with love and support.
Eli was first admitted to AMITA Health Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center after she went for an ultrasound. Shortly after that ultrasound, Eli tested positive for the deadly virus that is sweeping across the world.
“They were able to get her pulse back but 20 minutes later she left for good,” Mauricio remembers about his sister’s last moments.
Mauricio added: “She was very excited. This was her first baby and we have to stay strong for this baby that she left behind. We will always see her through him as she will always be by his side.”
The family’s fundraiser has surpassed its financial goal to cover expenses related to the tragedy.
While the family heals from the unexpected loss, Mauricio wants families to be prepared to do whatever it takes to spare themselves this pain. The virus isn’t going anywhere any time soon and it is up to everyone to make sure that we do everything we can to protect our loved ones from the virus.
“I encourage everyone to stay home and take this virus seriously,” Mauricio told NBC 5 Chicago. “It is not a joke.”
The United States is close to 1,000,000 reported cases of COVID-19 with millions of Americans currently under lockdown orders. As the summer months start, the desire to leave the house has prompted health officials to encourage people to stay home and social distance as much as possible.