The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is causing difficulties for many countries around the world. As the scientific community tries to study the virus to get to know it better and also predict its behavior on infected people, we are all concerned about our health and the economy on our knees in our country. Fortunately, the good stories are not lacking and give us a glimpse of optimism and positivity as we go through this difficult period.
One of these stories is that of Erin Bates, a 6-month-old daughter of Emma and Wayne. Erin was diagnosed with COVID-19 immediately after a delicate heart surgery. Since her birth, the baby's parents have fought to defend their daughter's life, and yet another victory came a few days ago, when doctors told Emma and Wayne that Erin had defeated the coronavirus.
Let's go back for a moment, to the beginning of this story. Emma and Wayne Bates had been trying to conceive a son for ten years, when one day their desire came. Thus, on 8 October 2019, little Erin was born.
But about two months later, they discovered that little Erin had a rare congenital heart malformation called Fallot's Tetralogy. After another month, Erin's little heart underwent a necessary and delicate surgery that forced the little girl to a week of intensive care.
Returning back to the cardiology department of the hospital, after only two days Erin was hospitalized again in intensive care for contracting RSV (Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus), a virus that causes respiratory tract infections. Her lungs ended up collapsing and she was diagnosed with bronchial malacia, the weakening of cartilage in the walls of the bronchial tubes, and tracheomalacia, the narrowing of the airways.
The baby could not breathe without the help of a respirator, and doctors informed the parents that it was necessary to wait for Erin to grow a few more months and then decide whether to perform another surgery.
As if things weren't already difficult, Erin subsequently contracted COVID-19, thus extending her 4-month stay in the hospital. But the girl was now a warrior, and doctors announced to her parents that she had also managed to defeat the coronavirus.
These are the beautiful stories that we need in this dark moment, because they give us messages of hope.
If you want to follow the journey of little Erin, Emma and Wayne have created a Facebook group that covers the life of the little girl.