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At Last! Mum And Son Reunited

She tested positive of COVID-19; got separated from child at birth
14 Aug 2021 11:54
At Last! Mum And Son Reunited
HAPPY and WELL. .. Naomi Kubulala is reunited with her newborn son, Eroni Lagi Kavikaleka Kubulala. Photo Leon Lord

A pregnant mother who tested positive of COVID-19 and got separated from her newborn healthy child have been reunited. The reunion, according to COVID-19 survivor Naomi Kubulala, was an emotion­al moment.

She held and hugged her “miracle baby” for the first time since her caesarean section delivery at the Co­lonial War Memorial Hos­pital in Suva.

“He is my miracle baby, the baby that survived the chaos of COVID-19 at the CWM Hospital,” an emo­tional Ms Kubulala said.

“When I heard he was healthy, I was happy be­cause that’s all I ever wanted for my baby, to be healthy and safe.”

After the delivery, Ms Kubulala never had the chance to see or hug her newborn baby, Eroni Lagi Kavikaleka Kubulala.

She said the days of being separated from her baby were an emotional roller­coaster, but she remained upbeat throughout.

“I had my faith in God that I was going to meet my son. This kept me going,” she said.

On Saturday, August 7, Ms Kubulala finally had the chance to hold her newborn baby. Ms Kubulala was nine months pregnant when she tested positive of COVID-19.

Her swift action to seek medical treatment early saved both their lives.

“I was really not feeling well, I had difficulty breath­ing,” she said.

“I recalled hearing the doc­tors near my bedside talk­ing about the safest action they could perform to save both our lives.”

She said after her C-sec­tion she was taken to the In­tensive Care Unit (ICU) for four days.

After she was strong enough, Ms Kubulala was sent home to isolate.

During this time, baby Eroni was under the care of her aunt. She thanks all health frontlines staff members who went above and beyond to look after COVID-19 and non-COVID patients in hospitals.

“There are not many of them and they are doing their best every single day to look after patients. I take my hat off to them,” she said.

She is urging all Fijians to take the virus seriously and seek medical attention quickly when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

“The doctors will treat you, but you need to do your job by presenting yourself early.”

Feedback: inoke.rabonu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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