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New Mom Dies Of COVID-19 Before She Could Even Hold Her Newborn Baby

As the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control across the United States, we are hearing more and more heartbreaking tales of devastes families mourning the loss of loved ones.

In what can only be described as a tragedy, a 33-year-old mother gave birth to a healthy son only to die before even having the chance to ever hold him. Her untimely death has devastated her family, but her brother is using her death to remind all of us of the very real dangers this virus poses.

A mother gave birth to a healthy son as she battled Coronavirus but died before she got to hold him.

Erika Becerra, 33, had visited the hospital in November for contractions but was sent home in good health shortly after. Unfortunately, shortly after retuning home she started having difficulty breathing and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. There she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and her condition quickly deteriorated.

Upon suffering extreme difficulty in breathing, doctors decided to induce labor on November 15. Her baby boy, Diego Antonio Becerra, was born healthy and Covid-negative, however, Becerra never had the chance to hold her newborn baby. She was immediately intubated and died weeks later on December 3.

“She had a normal labor, she gave birth to her son but didn’t get to hold him because right after she gave birth, that’s when they put in the tube and then from there she just started declining,” her brother Michael Avilez told CBS LA through tears.

Avilez and the rest of his family traveled to Michigan from Los Angeles to be with Becerra in her final moments. “Towards the last moments, she was tearing up. I know she heard us as we prayed for her, we talked to her, we comforted her in the last moments,” he said.

“I know God needed her more than I did and with open arms, we gave her to God last night,” Avilez added.

Becerra’s brother has taken to the airwaves to shine a light on his sister and to warn Americans of the real dangers we face.

Becerra is described as “a very caring individual” who was “never biased, never critical, always accepting and joyful. Erica was the most wonderful person you could ever meet,” Avilez told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “For her, other people’s happiness was her happiness.”

“All my sister wanted was the best for everybody and she cared about lives. She didn’t deserve to go through what she went through,” Avilez told CBS LA, adding that he doesn’t understand why some people are not taking the virus seriously.

“It’s is a real thing,” he said of COVID-19. “I don’t know why people don’t comprehend that.”

GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family to cover their travel expenses and funeral costs.

Becerra was one of the victims of what was the deadliest week for the U.S. since the pandemic began.

Even before the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. was seeing startling trends in the pandemic. Numbers have been rising to the highest levels since the initial days of the pandemic back in March.

But the past week has been the deadliest week for the Coronavirus since April in the U.S. And Erika Becerra was one of the 15,658 Covid 19 deaths over the last seven days. For the sixth day in a row, more than 100,000 people are being treated for the virus in hospitals across the country.

Medical experts are worried about what the future holds for the state of our healthcare system as it’s already overwhelmed. Yet we’re about to head into the busy Christmas and New Year’s holidays when families will be gathering despite pleading from public health experts.

It’s more important than ever that each of us reevaluates are holiday plans and stay at home if possible. We each play an important part in containing this pandemic and we each hold the key to saving someone’s life, someone like Erika Becerra.

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