Corona Virus, pregnancy and Sickle Cell. A story of hope.

Anne-Chantal
Posted April 12, 2020 from Cameroon

Corona virus here,  corona virus there. It seems something that is so far off and meant for others. But until one comes in contact with it, one would never know how scary it can be. 

That was my frame of mind, well almost as I quietly awaited my due date, with big dreams of how good it will be to be a mum again. 

Then bam!! The unthinkable happened. I saw myself rushed to hospital with an acute chest syndrome caused by Sickle Cell.

What sickle cell started, corona virus finished. I was wheeled to the emergency, there fear of covid 19 made it that any one with a breathing problem was immediately considered a suspected covid patient. So there I was, quarantined while the test was done and results awaited. It didn't end there, my little baby was quickly removed from my womb as the huge oxygen and medication doses pumped into me made me an uncomfortable environment for him. 

The battle was long, 2 weeks of uncertainty in intensive care, but God be praised it ended with a good news. We were both safe and I was tested covid negative. What a relief ! I left hospital and a week later my baby did same. I learnt a lesson, covid is real and never to take for granted the life I have.

I got home and sent up a prayer for all the wonderful medical persons who helped me get better, who are still working to help many more get better. I then knew that by the grace of God and with their efforts, there was hope for me and for all those who at this difficult times find themselves in intensive care units in hospitals. 

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Tamarack Verrall
Apr 12, 2020
Apr 12, 2020

Dear Ann-Chantal,
Wow, what a frightening time that must have been, and what a celebration for you, your baby, your family and all of us here that you made it through and that you did not have the virus. Thank goodness you had excellent medical care. I join you in thanks to all of the brave medical care people who are dealing with emergencies daily for us all.

Anne-Chantal
Apr 12, 2020
Apr 12, 2020

Many thanks Tamarack. It sure was. Seeing all the nurses dressed in special attire round me got me really concerned.

Vanora.Lee
Apr 12, 2020
Apr 12, 2020

Indeed, God is faithful and amazing. Before our prayers, He has prepared well more than we can think of and ask for. Pregnancy women will have much fear than the others because there are 2 or more lives altogether under Covid-19; also to the families awaiting for new members. So glad you have such faith in Him and blessed to know both you and your baby both saved and relieved from ICU. Medical teams need us to remember them in our prayers to show our supports to their great works. Your experience is really encouraging! Thanks for sharing.

Anne-Chantal
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

It was my pleasure, Vanora. Thank you for your encouraging words.

Dando Mugara
Apr 12, 2020
Apr 12, 2020

Many people out there think they are safe then others and continue to neglect the government and WHO directives to stay at home and avoid crowds. I just hope this pandemic which has destroyed thousands and paralysed the world will be eradicated soon before millions lose their lives. I thank God for preserving your life and that of your baby. Stay blessed

Anne-Chantal
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

Thanks for your encouraging words, Dando. Yes, lots of people need to take this seriously.

Ana Lozano
Apr 13, 2020
Apr 13, 2020

Dear Anne-Chantal,
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. No doubt this is one more example that Covid is a real threat that many are not taking seriously enough. I'm sure it must have been very scary for you, but I'm really glad you went through it and that you and your baby are doing ok. There's only up and forward now.

Anne-Chantal
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Many thanks Ana. Oh this virus is so real. I came out of there praying for every woman, man and child who will find themselves in ICU. Its a bleak time, alone with no family support. God bless the hospital staff, they try to be care givers and family and friends because no friend and family member is permitted to visit.

Thelma obani 2020
Apr 13, 2020
Apr 13, 2020

We are happy you made it through.
Stay safe and strong
Keep winning ❤❤❤

Anne-Chantal
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Thanks Thelma.

rebecca.tang
Apr 13, 2020
Apr 13, 2020

Thank you for sharing. I can feel you anxious, worries and fear on what has happened.
It's great to hear both you and baby are safe and healthy.
Yes, this is the grace of God. May the Almighty God blessing you & baby all the time!

Anne-Chantal
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Amen! Many thanks for your encouraging words, Rebecca.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

Hello, dear Anne,

Praise God for the negative result! I am so happy you and your baby are safe. Congratulations! Wow, you will have a story to tell your child and your grandchildren about giving birth during this pandemic.

Please stay safe always, dear! Praying for you, too. Hugs!

Anne-Chantal
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Thanks for your encouraging words, Karen.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

You’re welcome, dear.

otahelp
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 14, 2020

Anne Chantel you really must have passed through the valley of the shadows of death. what made it worst was the pregnancy. but we thank God Almighty you came out of it free of all complications together with your baby. Congratulations and we in sisterhood joins your celebration. please be at alert and maintain all preventive steps.

Anne-Chantal
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

My dear Otahelp, I really was face to face with death. I so thank God for His mercies.

ADELE NANA
Apr 17, 2020
Apr 17, 2020

wow great job there, a big push up to the medical team

Laetitia Shindano
Apr 18, 2020
Apr 18, 2020

Bonjour Anne
Merci de nous partager ton histoire a la fois triste et heureuse.

Laetitia

Anne-Chantal
Apr 24, 2020
Apr 24, 2020

De rien ma sœur. Je prie que quiconque le lissent vera l'espoir à la fin.

Anne-Chantal
Apr 24, 2020
Apr 24, 2020

Indeed my dear. Wonderful ladies they are!

Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 20, 2020
Apr 20, 2020

Hello Ann, my heart sank within me once i read the title of your story, but then, I got relief when I read to the end. Thank God you and your baby are fine. Congratukations to you both for making it. Stay safe.
Dr Geraldine

Anne-Chantal
Apr 24, 2020
Apr 24, 2020

Thanks you very much my sister.

Marie Abanga
Apr 20, 2020
Apr 20, 2020

Congratulation dear,

Am so grateful all went well.

Anne-Chantal
Apr 24, 2020
Apr 24, 2020

Many thanks Marie. I am too.