More than a year since the Covid-19 vaccines were rolled out for emergency use, the country’s top health officials are still having hard times to convince a decent number of pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Although many women are still skeptical about the vaccines, a decent number of them are Covid-19 vaccinated meaning they are significantly protected from the virus.
Dozens of studies have shown the current Covid-19 vaccines work against the deadly virus and the benefits of Covid-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks. In addition to these studies, several other studies shows that Covid-19 vaccines are safe for use in pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
A young mother-to-be from Texas, A. Chandler, decided to follow the CDC and FDA’s guidelines and was fully vaccinated against the virus even though she was pregnant at the time when she received both shots. Despite being fully vaccinated, she followed all the well-known pandemic measures to keep herself as safe as possible of getting infected with Covid-19.
Early January, Chandler went in to the hospital to give birth to her first child where she was required to get tested on Covid, and the test came back positive. She developed only mild symptoms and her condition was stable. She was discharged from hospital and sent home with her baby. But in a matter of days, Chandler started developing serious Covid-condition, she struggled to breathe on her own and she was admitted in hospital again, on January 15.
Chandler was treated in hospital for a few weeks, but her condition worsened and despite the doctors’ efforts, she died almost a month later on February 13. Her mother, husband and all the closest family relatives were devastated.
“It is finished. She has passed,” her mother Jenny wrote on Facebook. “Our hearts are shattered. The best girl in the world. FU COVID.”
According to the GoFundMe campaign set up to help the family, Chandler was reportedly struggling with fertility for years. Now when she finally gave birth, Covid-19 has robbed her of the joy of being a first time Mom, the GoFundMe says.
While Chandler was still in hospital battling the deadly virus, her husband told KWTX that their baby was doing ok. “I just want more time with her because I’ve never spent this amount of time without her being at home,” Chandler’s husband James said late January.
Chandler was a fifth-grade teacher at a local school. In a statement released by the school’s spokesperson, the school said that all the students, faculty, and families will greatly miss Chandler who was described as “dedicated teacher, friend, and mentor to her peers and students.”
“We send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to her family during this difficult time,” the statement said.