April 24, 2020
A premature baby girl from Scotland has recovered after contracting COVID-19, making her the country’s youngest COVID-19 patient, the BBC reported. Her mother has described her as “the most precious person in the world.”
Baby Peyton Maguire was born prematurely on March 26th in Lanarkshire, weighing just over 3lb.
Peyton was delivered prematurely by cesarean section after her mom, Tracey, was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. Peyton was cared for in University Hospital Wishaw, where she spent the first weeks of her life on an incubator.
The baby girl tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks after her premature delivery.
Mom grateful for amazing neonatal nurses
Peyton was given steroids to strengthen her lungs and according to her mother Tracey Maguire, she also received high-quality care from the hospital’s neonatal nurses.
Upon the interview, Peyton’s mother expressed: “When I heard Peyton had Coronavirus I was sobbing and really worried about how it could affect her respiratory system, her lungs and if it was life-threatening…As much as she was fine I thought at what point was she with the virus? How is she fighting against it when she’s so wee? It was just the unknown.”
“Watching the staff at work was incredible. They put their lives at risk to make sure my baby was getting fed and cuddled. Even wearing their PPE, they were determined to hold her.
“Peyton is the most precious person in the world to me and it shows the trust I had in the midwives and the other staff that I put her care in their hands – because that is that they are trained to do.”
The baby girl was discharged from the hospital earlier this week after testing negative twice for Coronavirus. She has now settled with her relieved parents in their home in Bellshill.