The three-day-old boy dies in the hospital after his mother has had a coronavirus before birth
- Three-day-old Coolio Carl Justin Morgan died after mother signed Covid-19
- He was born at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend with a low heart rate
- The investigation heard today that his mother tested positive for coronavirus before birth
- Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19
A three-day-old baby died in the hospital after his mother became infected with coronavirus.
Coolio Carl Justin Morgan’s mother tested positive for Covid-19 before birth.
The baby was born at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, South Wales, with a low heart rate.
The Pontypridd Coroner’s Court investigation found that he was taken to Singleton Hospital in Swansea, but later died.
The main cause of death has been listed as severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, meaning the brain lacks blood and oxygen, the BBC reports. Maternal Covid-19 was listed as a secondary cause.
Coolio was born at the Princess of Wales Hospital (pictured) in Bridgend, South Wales, with a low heart rate
Coroner Graeme Hughes heard that Coolio, whose family lives in nearby Maesteg, died on May 5 when he was three days old.
Lauren Howitt, senior medical examiner, said at the hearing: “The mother was found Covid-19 positive shortly after delivery.”
No post-mortem examination was carried out and the coroner asked his officials to investigate the circumstances of the death before the next hearing.
He said, “I offer my condolences to the family in these saddest and most depressing circumstances.”
A full hearing will take place in April next year.
It comes just days after a six-week-old baby died of Covid-19 and became the UK’s youngest victim. NHS England said the child died on May 3rd.
Figures from a Oxford University study earlier this week showed that five pregnant women died from Covid-19.
Prof. Marian Knight said the fate of the babies carried by the five women is unknown.
The Oxford University study found that between March 1 and April 14, 427 expectant mothers with the life-threatening illness were admitted to NHS hospitals.
However, her analysis suggests that expectant mothers are at no higher risk of severe Covid-19 than any other woman.
The study also examined mothers’ babies with COVID-19 and found that one in four babies was born prematurely.
Five of the babies in the study died, but three of them “definitely had nothing to do with the coronavirus,” the scientists said, while it remained unclear whether the virus contributed to the other two deaths.
There is no evidence that pregnant women develop the coronavirus more often than the general population.
Although the number of people dying in nursing homes has so far remained lower than the number of deaths in hospital, residents account for a larger proportion of the weekly reported deaths, from just five percent of the total in early April to 40 percent at the end of the month
However, due to changes in the immune system, it has been speculated that pregnant women are more prone to serious infections.
The government has therefore advised all pregnant women to practice social distancing particularly strictly.
The study is believed to be the first large-scale study to address pregnancy and its relationships with COVID-19.
Oxford researchers collaborated with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Patient data for the study was collected from all 194 UK hospitals with a maternity ward led by advisors.