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B.C. mom with COVID-19 meets newborn boy after waking from coma

Gillian McIntosh of Abbotsford, who has COVID-19, was finally able to meet her new born son Travis Len after spending a month in a medically induced coma.
Image Credit: GOFUNDME / Corina Rochon
December 16, 2020 - 5:08 PM

It's been a harrowing month for an Abbotsford family after Gillian McIntosh, who had COVID-19, was put into a medically induced coma after giving birth to her son.

McIntosh was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Nov. 6 and was admitted to Abbotsford Regional Hospital a few days later. She was two days shy of 36-weeks pregnant and the doctors knew they had to get the baby out before it was too late family friend Corina Rochon wrote in a GoFundMe post that was started last month and has raised nearly $100,000.

“Their beautiful baby boy was born by emergency C-section Nov. 10," but Gillian was put in a medically induced coma and remained in intensive care, fighting for her life and unable to meet her newborn son, according to the GoFundMe.

READ MORE: B.C. woman with COVID-19 delivers child while in critical condition

Now the family has some good news to share.

“Over the weekend, the McIntosh family was surprised with the positive changes they have been hoping and praying on for over a month. Late last week, through carefully planned procedures, Gillian was eased out of sedation, weaned off the ventilator gradually and returned COVID-19 negative test results. Everything went well, allowing her to be removed from the ventilator. Over the weekend, Gillian was finally introduced to her son, Travis Len,” wrote Rochon on the GoFundMe today, Dec. 16.

"We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the medical staff at Abbotsford Regional Hospital for their outstanding care of both Gillian and our newborn son," father Dave McIntosh wrote in the GoFundMe. "The cruel and unforgiving nature of COVID-19 has put our family through so much this past month, but for the many months of the pandemic now, our frontline healthcare workers have endured so much more," 

The McIntosh's are asking everyone to thank all healthcare workers during this health crisis.

Gillian is still in intensive care, but is stable at this time and there is no timeframe yet given on how long she will remain hospitalized.

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