A mother who had an emergency C-section in British Columbia while in a coma due to complications from COVID-19 returned home to her family in time for Christmas.
Gillian McIntosh was in her third trimester when she went to Abbotsford Regional Hospitalwith COVID-19 symptoms in November.
She initially thought her symptoms were related to her pregnancy.
Her last communication with her family before being placed in an induced coma was a text to her husband letting him know what was about to happen.
McIntosh, 37, then gave birth to her son, Travis Len, and was on a ventilator for a month due to complications from the virus.
Her family said in a statement Wednesday that the mother of two was discharged from hospital on Christmas Eve.
McIntosh thanked those who supported her family during her health scare.
“It’s a very surreal experience to wake from a month-long coma when the last thing I remember was going to the emergency department having trouble breathing and texting my husband that they were going to keep me in for a few days,” she said.
She added that being allowed to return home was one of the best gifts she has ever received.
McIntosh thanked those who donated to the family’s fundraiser and offered well-wishes to them during the ordeal.
“COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the world and the outpouring of kindness we have experienced during a difficult time for all reinforces that there is much goodness that surrounds us,” she said.
Her family said that while she has been recovering faster than expected, doctors do not yet know how long it will take for McIntosh’s lungs to return to a healthy state or what damage her body suffered from COVID-19.
B.C. records 508 new COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths as vaccine plan released – News 1130
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Health officials in B.C. say the risk of COVID-19 transmission in long-term care and in communities remains too high to lift restrictions, as they announce nine more people have died from the virus in the last 24 hours.
In a joint statement Friday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 508 more people have been contracted the coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
On the heels of an announcement of how the province will proceed with immunization, Dix and Henry remind British Columbians that following guidelines and public health orders continue to be critical.
“We need to remember our risk remains high right now, even as we protect more and more people with vaccine. We are not at the point where we can lift restrictions in our community or long-term care,” they write.
“We must continue to use our COVID-19 layers of protection and do all we can to stop transmission in our communities right now.”
BC’s #covid19 update Jan 21
Steady (but still high) new cases
Active cases & ppl isolated trending down
LTC outbreaks going down
Avg of more than 10 ppl dying every day in January
Acute care outbreaks still high
Better but a long way to go#bcpoli @NEWS1130 https://t.co/bNNqec8GoA pic.twitter.com/RBWbOY2ajH
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) January 22, 2021
So far, 110,556 doses of the vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,202 are second doses.
A new outbreak has been declared at the North Fraser Pretrial Services Centre in Port Coquitlam, and outbreaks have been declared at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, and Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.
A total of 315 people are hospitalized, 74 are in intensive care.
Coronavirus: Dr. Bonnie outlines B.C.'s mass immunization plan | Watch News Videos Online – Globalnews.ca
Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines the COVID-19 vaccine rollout schedule and when British Columbians can expect to start receiving their doses. The province says the goal is to provide 7.4 million doses and will prioritize vaccines based on age.
COVID-19: Fraser Health declares outbreak at B.C. jail after 20 test positive – Vancouver Sun
Fraser Health has declared four new COVID-19 outbreaks, including at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre, where 20 people in custody have tested positive.
The health authority says it is working to identify others who may have had contact with those who tested positive at the jail in Port Coquitlam.
There have been several outbreaks in prisons and jails across Canada, including at Mission Institution in the Fraser Valley, where an inmate died in April.
Fraser Health says there are also new outbreaks at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, the rehabilitation unit at Queen’s Park Care Centre in the same city, and the Good Samaritan Delta View Care Centre.
It says two patients tested positive for COVID-19 in a surgical unit at the hospital and the outbreak is limited to that unit.
The emergency department remains open and the health authority says other areas of the hospital are not affected by the outbreak.
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