A pregnant schoolteacher has died from coronavirus three days after she attended a surprise baby shower hosted by co-workers.
Like most pregnant women, Camila Graciano, 31, of Brazil, was extra cautious during the pandemic and took great care not to leave her home.
However, colleagues of Ms Graciano wanted to celebrate the impending birth and while overjoyed by the surprise event, she sadly contracted the deadly virus from one of her friends at the party.
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The co-worker was unaware she had the virus because she was asymptomatic (didn’t have symptoms) and didn’t know she was a carrier.
To the shock of her family and friends, Ms Graciano who was eight months pregnant, would later die after contracting the virus.
Her brother Daniel Helio Ambrosio told local news outlet Globo that soon afterwards (the friend) got really bad and let the others who were at the party know.
“Unfortunately, my sister was one of those infected,” Mr Ambrosio said.
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Ms Graciano was rushed to hospital, however her family struggled to find her a vacant bed as all of the city’s intensive care beds were occupied at the time.
“They were thinking about taking her to (the major cities of) Goiania or Brasilia. Thanks be to God we have many friends who we mobilised in order to get an ICU bed for Camila, and finally we got one in the Santa Casa (Hospital),” Mr Ambrosio said.
Last Wednesday, the 31-year-old teacher was admitted into a maternity ward for high-risk pregnancies, which has beds specifically set aside for women with COVID.
Doctors were able to save the baby after inducing the pregnant teacher and despite being born premature, and she was initially recovering well.
“Thank God my niece is showing good signs, she’s breathing alone in the incubator, and doesn’t need oxygen,” Mr Ambrosio said.
The family had high hopes for Ms Graciano to survive after showing signs of significant improvement.
“Right after giving birth, she showed some major improvement. Even the doctors said: ‘Look, have faith, because her lungs are improving, her heart rate is improving, her blood pressure is improving …”
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But on Friday the baby’s condition worsened after the virus mutated and she died the following day.
Many have taken to social media to express their condolences to the family.
“How much sadness is this disease bringing to people, my God,” one Facebook user wrote.
“God comfort the heart of your family, very sad,” wrote another.
“May God console the heart of your family,” a third person added.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has suffered 3,669,995 cases of COVID-19 with 116,580 related deaths.