Last week, the family of Daysi Marcillo came together outside her home after Daysi had been at the hospital for three months with COVID-19 since just after the New Year. She needed to be placed on a ventilator.
“She couldn’t breathe, and she was pregnant,” her sister-in-law Liliana said. “She was 29 weeks pregnant.”
Daysi was in a medically induced coma when doctors performed an emergency C-section and delivered her son, Ragnar.
Ragnar weighed just three pounds. But after a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, Ragnar developed enough to be allowed to return home.
Bu Daysi remained in the hospital for months, with her family – along with five children – not positive if they would ever see her again.
“It’s very rare for somebody for her condition to come through,” Liliana said. “There was a prayer circle in the Dominican Republic. There was a prayer circle in Puerto Rico, with my family. There was a prayer circle in Jamaica. There were prayer circles everywhere, just praying for Daysi.”
And on Monday, at 2 p.m., Daysi left the hospital.
“I’m happy,” she shared with 11Alive’s Matt Pearl. “I survived. And it’s a miracle.”
While her lungs are damaged and she will most likely need to be on oxygen for the rest of her life — Daysi is thankful to be here, holding her newborn son.
“That’s the first time holding my baby since January,” Daysi said.
“It’s amazing. It’s amazing to see my family. It’s amazing to be here. I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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