DUBAI: An Indian woman in the UAE gave birth to a baby after having contracted COVID-19 in the final trimester of her pregnancy that resulted in a near-death experience.
Asfia Samreen delivered the baby boy in September, after she contracted coronavirus in May, Gulf News reported on Tuesday.
"Congratulations to Asfia Samreen, who after a long and difficult battle with COVID-19 in the final trimester of her pregnancy, delivered a healthy baby boy," the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) announced on its social media platforms on Wednesday.
It was a miraculous escape for the Indian homemaker from a series of troubles started with her expired medical insurance, the much-needed protection during the pregnancy.
Her husband, an electrical engineer, could not get his family's medical insurance renewed as his employer was going through a crisis, reported WAM, the official news agency of the UAE.
"This was all possible thanks to Mrs Samreen's perseverance, and the hard work, dedication and care of the medical teams at both Corniche Hospital and Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC)," SEHA said.
Samreen, who is from Hyderabad, was in the 24th week of her pregnancy when she tested positive on May 6.
She was admitted to Cornich Hospital, the capital's premier public maternity hospital, on May 7.
"At one point, the doctors had thought of inducing an early delivery of the baby as they were not sure of saving my life, Samreen said.
"They told me that I was about to die so they wanted to save the baby, although I didn't know anything," she said, adding that her husband also tested positive for COVID-19.
On 7th May, Samreen was suffering from multiple ailments and got admitted at the Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi.
Although she did not have a medical insurance, the hospital under SEHA offered her all necessary treatments.
After seven days, as her condition worsened, she was moved to the UAE's largest hospital for serious and complex care, under SEHA.
She was unconscious for the next five days (13th to 17th May) as her respiratory system and kidneys were dysfunctional.