A five months old baby, Dom, has regained his health after battling an induced coma due to COVID-19 for 32 days.
The Brazilian born baby now celebrates his 5 month birthday after he has fully recovered from the virus.
A few months after he was born, Dom was diagnosed with Covid-19 at the Pro-Cardiaco hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
He spent 54 days in the hospital — 32 of them in an induced coma and connected to a ventilator, Dom’s father, Wagner Andrade, said.
“He had some difficulty breathing so the doctors thought it was a bacterial infection. But the medication didn’t work and he got worse. Then me and my wife decided to take him to a second hospital and they tested him. It was coronavirus,” he said.
It was a ‘miracle’
It remains uncertain how Dom contracted coronavirus. He may have been exposed during a visit to a relative’s home, according to Andrade.
“My wife noticed this noise at the end of his breathing. We called a few doctors and one of them told us to record a video. After she saw it, she ordered us to take him immediately to the hospital,” he said.
Andrade and his wife, Viviane Monteiro, say it was a “miracle” that Dom recovered.
Dom was hospitalized for nearly two months.
“First, I felt relieved, and then indescribable happiness. We were longing to get him back home for more than 50 days,”Andrade said.
Dom will celebrate his 6-month birthday on June 14 at home with his parents, surrounded virtually by relatives.
Brazil has reported at least 25 Covid-19-related deaths among babies up to 12 months of age, according to data from the country’s ministry of health.