Nurse on Life Support Gives Birth to Bouncing Baby Boy

  • A nurse attends to a patient at an ICU ward at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County in January 2020
    A nurse attends to a patient at an ICU ward at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County in January 2020
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  • UPDATE Monday, August 3: Nurse Marian Awuor Adumbo, who gave birth to a bouncing baby boy while on Oxygen support has passed on due to Covid-19-relatedcomplications

    National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) confirmed that the nurse had been admitted at the Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral Hospital with flu-like symptoms.

    She later developed breathing complications and was transferred to the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital where she passed away on Sunday, August 2, leaving behind a one-week-old baby.


    A nurse admitted at the Intensive Care Unit at Kisii Teaching Referral Hospital (KTRH) gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on Friday, July 24, despite being on oxygen support.

    The nurse from Rachuonyo, Homa Bay County, is battling Coronavirus (Covid-19), a virus she contracted when she was 33 weeks pregnant.

    Medics at the referral hospital stated that their colleague underwent a normal delivery despite signing consent to deliver through cesarean section due to her condition.

    KTRH CEO Dr Enock Ondari detailed that the health workers who aided the nurse to give birth had to consider a number of options on the safest way to do so, while also protecting the mother and baby.

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    "Covid-19 is a new disease to all of us and we cannot ascertain its end. The baby and the mother are stable and we are constantly monitoring them," Ondari stated in an interview with The Standard on Tuesday, July 27.

    Another medic heaped praise on the new mother, stating how difficult it was to bear labour pain while on Oxygen support. 

    Her husband, who is in self-quarantine expressed his joy after receiving the news that he was a new father in the most unusual of circumstances. 

    "I went in with the doctors while dressed in personal protective equipment and I saw my baby in an incubator," the husband recalled. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Health CS Mutahi Kagwe have led plaudits for healthworkers leading the frontline in the fight against Covid-19. As of July 10, more than 200 health workers had been diagnosed with Coronavirus. 

    Only 1 medic has succumbed to Coronavirus since it broke out in Kenya in March 2020. Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki passed away on July 10. This increased calls for protection of health workers. 

    As of Tuesday, July 27, Kenya recorded 17,975 positive cases, with 285 fatalities and 7,833 recoveries. 

    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke