3lbs 11oz Newborn is Scotland's Youngest COVID-19 Survivorby Laura Driver
Here’s a lovely feelgood story in the middle of lockdown. A tiny baby girl has been released from hospital after recovering from coronavirus. At three weeks old little Peyton is believed to be the youngest victim of the virus in Scotland.
Baby Payton was born eight weeks prematurely, on March 26th by caesarean section when her mum developed pre-eclampsia.
The newborn was being looked after in an incubator at University Hospital Wishaw, in North Lanarkshire, when she tested positive for coronavirus. Little Peyton was only 3lbs 11oz at birth and didn’t have any coronavirus symptoms.
Tracy, 27, said: “When I heard Peyton had coronavirus I was sobbing and really worried about how it could affect her respiratory system, her lungs and if it was life threatening. She’d had a sniffle, which is why they’d tested her for a range of viruses including Coronavirus. We were told we’d have to stay away from Peyton for 14 days and isolate at home but I pleaded not to be apart from my baby for that long. The staff kindly agreed I could to isolate with her in the hospital while AJ stayed at home. Watching the staff at work was incredible. They put their lives at risk to make sure my baby was getting fed and cuddled. Even wearing their PPE, they were determined to hold her. Peyton is the most precious person in the world to me and it shows the trust I had in the midwives and the other staff that I put her care in their hands - because that is that they are trained to do."
Tracy urged other mum's not to be too concerned about going to hospitals to give birth.
“My message to any mums-to-be is that they shouldn’t be worried about going into hospital to give birth because the staff know exactly what they need to do to protect everyone from the virus," she added. "And if people have symptoms of a serious health problem, like I did, they shouldn’t be scared to go to hospital and get checked out because just leaving it could make their condition worse.”
Peyton was able to leave hospital with Tracy and dad AJ yesterday after she tested negative for the coronavirus twice. Tracy, a digital marketing student, added: “Only someone who has been in our position can understand the gratitude we feel towards the hospital staff.”
NHS Lanarkshire chief midwife Cheryl Clark said: “We’re delighted that the fantastic care Peyton has received from our staff has meant she is well enough to go home, allowing AJ to be reunited with his wife and daughter.”
Early signs of pre-eclampsia include having high blood pressure (hypertension) and protein in your urine (proteinuria). If you notice any symptoms of pre-eclampsia, seek medical advice immediately by calling your midwife, GP surgery or NHS 111.
Although many cases are mild, the condition can lead to serious complications for both mother and baby if it's not monitored and treated. The earlier pre-eclampsia is diagnosed and monitored, the better the outlook for mother and baby.