A Covid-19 mother who gave birth while on a ventilator has died never having met her newborn daughter and despite her husband’s pleas for better care.
Aurora Chacon Esparza, 35, was being treated at the North Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn Center after displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
Doctors were concerned that her baby was not getting enough oxygen and said she needed an emergency C-section despite being only 30 weeks pregnant.
Baby Andrea remains healthy but Esparaza, who never got to meet the newborn, tragically passed away on Sunday, according to her family’s GoFundMe page.
Aurora Chacon Esparza, 35, who gave birth while on a ventilator at the North Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn Center, has died
The message on the site, written by Esparaza’s husband Juan Duran, read: ‘My wife Aurora now rests in peace with God.
‘She passed away today in the early morning of Sunday July 19th 2020.
‘I have faith in God that she is with him and has moved on to better life. We will forever miss her and remember her for the strong, loving and caring person she was. I appreciate all of your prayers and well wishes since day one.’
Esparaza, who was pregnant with the couple’s third child, began showing signs of coronavirus in early June, including non-stop coughing and difficulty breathing.
The message on the family’s GoFundMe page, written by Esparaza’s husband Juan Duran, read: ‘My wife Aurora now rests in peace with God’
The young mother’s condition worsened and doctors recommended that an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine – that would carry out the function of the heart and lungs outside the body – was the only other option.
North Memorial Hospital is not an ECMO center, however, and all requests to be transferred to another hospital for treatment were denied.
Speaking to Fox 9 at the time, Duran, her husband of seven years, said: ‘She is a 35-year-old healthy woman with no pre-existing conditions. We never thought this could happen to our family.’
Duran first believed his wife’s trip to the hospital would be brief as the young mother, who already had two children, was healthy when she started displaying coronavirus symptoms.
But four days later, doctors decided to carry out the C-section, concerned for both mother and baby.
Doctors were concerned that her baby was not getting enough oxygen and said she needed an emergency C-section despite being only 30 weeks pregnant. Baby Andrea (pictured), who Esparza never got to meet, remains in a healthy condition
Duran first believed his wife’s trip to the hospital would be brief as the young mother, who already had two children, was healthy when she started displaying coronavirus symptoms
‘That’s when it hit me. I was thinking ‘okay she’s going to get through this, a few days at the hospital.’ But when I received that phone call it just hit me,’ her husband added.
The baby girl, who was named Andrea, was delivered 10 weeks premature but remains healthy.
Duran said: ‘She’s four pounds, two ounces now and her heart is doing great. She can breathe by herself. She eats, she smiles, she cries.’
But Esparaza’s own condition continued to deteriorate and North Memorial Hospital tried to get her transferred in order to receive the ECMO machine treatment.
Duran (pictured above left with Esparza) had pleaded to transfer his wife to a different hospital in order to receive extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment
North Memorial Hospital (pictured) is not an ECMO center, however, and all requests to be transferred to another hospital for treatment were denied
‘North Memorial Health partners with local and regional healthcare systems to care for patients who would benefit from ECMO, which is a highly specialized service that is typically only offered at ECMO Centers,’ they said in a statement to Fox.
‘We do not offer ECMO as a long-term or ongoing treatment which would be required to treat COVID-19, but we do use it for short-term emergency care as part of our trauma and cardiovascular surgery programs, when needed.
‘ECMO Centers have stringent criteria for accepting patient referrals and our medical teams work closely with these partners to ensure that our patients have access to the care they need.’
Esparza leaves behind her husband of seven years and their newborn daughter as well as a seven-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son
Her husband Duran added that he hopes others will realize the dangers of coronavirus once they hear his family’s story
Duran, who is also a father to the couple’s one-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter, had pleaded to transfer his wife to a different hospital.
Speaking at the time, he said: ‘Aurora’s doctor told me it was because she’s been on the ventilator for too long.
‘I know it’s a small chance but we want to do everything possible. We want to have all of the resources available even if it’s a one percent chance.’
‘I know there’s big risks but at this point the ECMO machine is the best option to save her life. I was told she could have hemorrhage, lose a lot of blood because of the C-section.’
Esparza died without having met her newborn daughter.
Duran added that he hopes others will realize the dangers of coronavirus once they hear his family’s story.
‘Just be cautious because you could be healthy just like my wife and still end up in the ICU on the ventilator,’ he warned.