Pregnant Jerusalem Woman Recovers from Serious Corona Symptoms After Treatment at Shaare Zedek
With the increasing occurrence of pregnant women exhibiting serious symptoms from the Coronavirus, Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center has reported an encouraging story of successful treatment and recovery. 28 year-old Bat Sheva Baruch from Jerusalem was diagnosed with the Coronavirus when she was in just her 31st week of pregnancy. Originally quarantining at home, when she began experiencing problems breathing she was urgently transferred to Shaare Zedek.
The hospital immediately admitted her to the dedicated maternity unit within the Corona Ward where a multi-departmental team made up of intensive care and obstetrics specialists was assembled to address her case.
“Over the course of a lengthy hospitalization, we were focused on stabilizing Bat Sheva’s condition and ensuring her overall health, while always cognizant of the main challenge of preserving the pregnancy and the health of the fetus,” explained Dr. Yigal Helviz, Senior Intensive Care Physician at Shaare Zedek. “We are very happy to see Bat Sheva released in good condition and are encouraged by how her condition has improved steadily.”
The physicians explained that the focus of the medical efforts was providing Bat Sheva with the necessary respiratory support while carefully monitoring the health of the fetus.
Professor Sorina Grisaru, Director of the Wilf Woman and Infant Center at Shaare Zedek said, “For our medical team this was an emotional day because we know there were moments where Bat Sheva’s condition was very unstable and we were forced to confront the possibility that we would need to perform an emergency cesarean section to deliver the baby. All our efforts were focused on preserving the pregnancy and we were able to see her breathing slowly improve over time. It was very fulfilling to recognize that our patience and attention paid off. We will continue to monitor her progress and look forward to the next time we see her being for the birth of a healthy child.”
Bat Sheva and her husband said upon leaving the hospital, “We thought that we had reached the end and then a miracle happened. We thank God and all the staff of Shaare Zedek that together gave us the ability to get better and live. They deserve a huge debt of thanks.”