Boyfriend of the 28 year old pregnant woman who died of COVID speaks out
The news that a 28-year-old pregnant woman, with no previous pathologies, died at the end of August at the Hospital Insular de Gran Canaria shocked the Canarian population, now, her partner Nauzet, is speaking out for the first time on the situation and tragic event that has changed his, and his newborn son’s, life forever.
Melanie died at the end of August in the middle of the rebound of infections in the Canary Islands, when appointments for vaccination against COVID were mixed with a huge increase in new cases and, therefore, increased hospital pressure.
Nauzet explains that Melanie was unvaccinated but had a date for her appointment which she could not attend because they found out she was infected with COVID. “We don't even know where or how she got infected. We found out when people who we had been in contact with began to experience symptoms, "he said in an interview with COPE Canarias.
Now, he is begging future mothers to get vaccinated because, in her case, there was no going back. "If I could change anything, it would be that she had been vaccinated," says the young man from Gran Canaria.
Nauzet said that his girlfriend started with what seemed like a "normal cold, then she had an achy body followed by a lack of smell and taste", but finally "a shortness of breath". At first, they went to the Insular Maternal-Infant University Hospital, but they were told that it would be bearable, "like a flu." However, on August 12th she was admitted to hospital due to increased complications with her breathing caused by the virus.
Three days later, the doctors decided to admit Melanie for an emergency caesarean section to save the little boy who, fortunately, is in good condition, although he is still admitted to hospital, being monitored by doctors. Melanie died days later without ever seeing her son who was born prematurely and taken for care, and Melanie, still infected by the virus, was too weak and not allowed to hold him.
Nauzet and Melanie’s newborn son is called Lewis. Nauzet said "COVID has changed our lives. I am in my twenties. I am a new father. My son’s mother has been taken by this b*****d virus before he could even see her. My girlfriend's sister is going to help me to take care of him because I don't know how to do it." Finally, Nauzet said one more thing, “Please get vaccinated. Do not let this virus beat us.”