Brooklyn Nurse Who Was Pregnant With COVID-19 Remains on Life Supportby GDN Shared Post May 11, 2020
Brooklyn, NY — Sylvia LeRoy, a 35-year old nurse who was working on the front lines at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York while pregnant, is reportedly in a coma due to complications from COVID-19. She was forced to give birth to her baby prematurely, and now her family is asking for help.
LeRoy, who is a wife and a mother of two kids, was 6 months pregnant when she started feeling sick in mid-March. She eventually tested positive for coronavirus and her symptoms began to worsen.
LeRoy’s condition seemed to improve when she was put into a trial for the experimental drug remdesivir. But a few days later, she suffered cardiac arrest and she had to give birth to her baby at just 30 weeks.
Though the baby is doing quite well now, LeRoy remains on life support. Her sister, Shirley Licin, was afraid that their insurance can only cover 60 days of the many months she would actually need to get better.
A GoFundMe was set up to help provide financial support for the baby and LeRoy, who is said to most likely contract the deadly virus while helping other sick patients. More than 15,500 people have donated and so far raised over $820,000 of the $1-million goal.
“She deserves a chance. She deserves whatever her best actual can be,” Licin told CNN.