A coronavirus-stricken pregnant woman came out of a week-long medically induced coma — to the “extremely mind-blowing” discovery that she had given birth, she said Monday.
Angela Primachenko, 27, told the “Today” show that she was 33-weeks pregnant when she fell sick with a fever and tested positive for COVID-19 in her hometown of Vancouver in Washington state.
Within days, she was fighting for her life in a medically-induced coma at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center — and doctors induced her labor days later to ensure the baby’s safety, she said.
“Obviously nobody expected that I was going to get that sick, so absolutely I did not expect to deliver my child,” she said of her initial arrival at the hospital before her coma.
Unaware she was now a mom for the second time, Primachenko came out of her coma on April 6 — five days after giving birth.
“After all the medication and everything I just woke up and all of a sudden I didn’t have my belly anymore! It was just extremely mind-blowing,” she told the NBC show.
Primachenko was finally allowed home on Saturday — but is still unable to hold baby Ava for two weeks after the birth due to fears of infection, only seeing her little girl on FaceTime and photos.
Still, Primachenko — who was clapped by the hospital’s staff as she finally left intensive care — admitted that she feels “like a walking miracle.”
The name Ava was picked because it means “breath of life,” her mother said. “So she’s our new little breath of life,” the mom said of her healthy newborn.