Gillian McIntosh’s baby boy doesn’t have a name yet.
The Abbotsford woman remains on a ventilator in an induced coma after contracting COVID-19 when she was 35 weeks’ pregnant.
On Tuesday, doctors decided to deliver her baby by emergency C-section. She hasn’t yet met him.
Her husband, Dave McIntosh, said his wife is “fighting very hard,” while the couple’s newborn son is in neonatal intensive care for monitoring. The baby doesn’t have COVID-19.
“I anticipate being able to bring him home next week, and would love nothing more than to be able to bring my wife home as well,” he said in a statement sent to Postmedia News.
It’s unknown how McIntosh, who is 37 years old and in good health, contracted COVID-19. After a positive test on Nov. 6, she was admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties. As she became more sick, she had to be ventilated, and doctors performed an emergency C-section four days later on Nov. 10.
“Despite following all of the recommendations from our health authorities, our family has learned first hand the cruel and unpredictable nature of COVID-19,” Dave McIntosh said.
A family friend has started a GoFundMe campaign to help the family while Dave is off work, caring for his new son and the couple’s two-year-old daughter, Gemma.
“We know that Gill has a big fight ahead of her and then a long road of recovery,” said Corina Rochon. “There is so much unknown right now and we are hoping to help relieve some of the financial stress.”
The GoFundMe, called “ Please help this family ,” has raised more than $42,000 so far.
Dave McIntosh said he’s grateful for both the staff in the ICU and the NICU at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, as well as the outpouring of support from the greater community.
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