Kristen Roy, 38, had an appointment to get the jab but was hospitalised with Covid pneumonia on both her lungs before she had the chance attend
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An unvaccinated woman gave birth to a premature baby boy before tragically dying from Covid.
Kristen Roy, 38, was 22 weeks pregnant with her son Elijah when she was was diagnosed with the virus on July 9.
She was admitted to the IU Health Hospital in Bloomington in Indiana a week later, but struggled to breathe and was put on oxygen to help.
Doctors told her she had Covid pneumonia in both lungs and was put on a ventilator and transferred to the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
On Facebook, husband Matt, who also has Covid, wrote: “Her pneumonia is very severe.
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“They have maxed all the treatments they can do for her right now. She just needs lots of rest.”
By August 13, Kristen’s health had deteriorated and a team of 13 doctors rushed to perform a C-section to save the life of unborn Elijah.
The baby survived against “all the odds” but was around 10 weeks premature, husband Matthew said.
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Matthew was by Kristen’s bedside when she died a week later.
Courtney Burke, Kristen’s sister, told Indiana news station WTHR that Elijah’s survival is a “miracle”.
Courtney added that his mum being on “all that life support” allowed him to develop enough in the womb to be able to survive the birth.
“A couple weeks earlier and he probably wouldn’t have had a chance at all,” Courtney said.
Courtney said her sister did have a appointment planned after a doctor told her she should get the vaccine.
But, she tested positive days before she was due to be jabbed. .
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised pregnant women to be vaccinated around a month after her diagnoses.
“It was too late for her, but it’s not too late for so many other pregnant women out there. It’s not. It’s not too late yet,” Courtney told WTHR.
Kristen was newlywed after marrying husband Matthew in December last year. She fell pregnant months later.
Tonya Cruser, Kristen’s other sister, has set up a GoFundMe page for help with medical expenses.