Five-month-old ‘miracle’ baby survives coronavirus after 32 days in coma

Little Dom was struck down by the virus just months after being born and spent 54 days in hospital and 32 in a coma and on a ventilator after his mum ‘noticed this noise at the end of his breathing’

    A five-month-old baby has been hailed a "miracle" by elated parents after surviving coronavirus which put him in a coma for 32 days.

    Little Dom was placed in an induced coma by doctors after 22 days in hospital with the deadly virus, just months after being born.

    The Brazilian tot, who was diagnosed with coronavirus at the Pro-Cardiaco hospital in Rio de Janeiro, spent 54 days in hospital in total, with 32 in a coma and attached to a ventilator, CNN reports.

    The little fighter's dad, Wagner Andrade, described his survival as "a miracle".

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    Baby Dom with elated parents Viviane Monteiro and Wagner Andrade after he survived 32 days in a coma
    (Image: Wagner Andrade via CNN)

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    He explained that his tiny baby boy had experienced breathing difficulties which led medics to assume he was suffering a bacterial infection.

    But, to their dismay, the prescribed medication did not work and little Dom fell gravely ill.

    It was then his parents took it upon themselves to take their fledgling infant to a second hospital to be tested and a coronavirus diagnosis was confirmed.

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    Wagner and his wife, Viviane Monteiro, are clueless as to how their baby contracted the killer bug.

    The new dad speculates that the virus could have been picked up  during a visit to the home of a relative.

    He told reporters: "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."

    Dom's parents took him to a second hospital
    (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

    After nearly two months in hospital at such an early stage in his young life, little Dom will be able to enjoy his six-month-birthday at home.

    Relatives will be celebrating with him via video call on June 14.

    Wagner added: "First, I felt relieved, and then indescribable happiness.

    "We were longing to get him back home for more than 50 days."

    Brazil's ministry of health reports the country has reported 25 coronavirus deaths among babies up to one year old.

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    Latin America is now considered the global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Reuters reports it is yet to reach its peak in Sao Paulo, the site of the worst outbreak in Brazil, where nearly 30,000 people have lost their lives to the virus.

    Meanwhile South American countries at the epicentre are choosing to reopen even as case numbers rise, ignoring the example set by Europe nations who waited for the worst to pass, the Press Association reports.

    Mike Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organisation's emergencies programme, said: "Clearly the situation in many South American countries is far from stable.

    "There is a rapid increase in cases, and those systems are coming under increasing pressure."

    His warning came as some of Brazil's hardest-hit cities, including the jungle metropolis Manaus and coastal Rio de Janeiro, are starting to allow more activity.

    Brazil has reported more than 526,000 cases of the virus, second only to the 1.8 million reported by the US.

    Elsewhere in the region, Bolivia's government has authorised reopening most of the country, while Venezuela has unwound restrictions.

    Ecuador's airports are resuming flights and shoppers are returning to some of Colombia's malls.

    Further north in Mexico, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador kicked off the nation's return to a "new normal" Monday with his first road trip in two months as the nation began to gradually ease some of its virus restrictions.

    Mr Lopez Obrador said he is taking all necessary precautions, having driven the 1,000 miles from Mexico City over the weekend rather than flying, on a trip to promote construction of the Mayan Train, one of his signature infrastructure projects.


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