Mum dies from coronavirus moments after giving birth to twins

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A 24-year-old woman, who dreamed of being a mother died just moments after giving birth to twins, after testing positive for COVID-19.

Diego Rodrigues explained his wife Larissa Blanco was showing flu-like symptoms and in mid-June, the mother-to-be tested positive for coronavirus, she was taken to hospital when her health deteriorated, according to The Mirror.

Mr Rodrigues was in the delivery room on June 27 when Ms Blanco gave birth to twins, Guilherme and Gustavo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“She saw that wonderful little face and I was really emotional, that was her dream,” Mr Rodrigues told The Mirror after his wife gave birth to the first of the twins, with the other being delivered a while later after a ‘small complication’.”

Larissa Blanco was 24-year-old when she gave birth to twins and died a short time later, due to coronavirus complications. Source: Facebook
Larissa Blanco was 24-year-old when she gave birth to twins and died a short time later, due to coronavirus complications. Source: Facebook

After both twin were born, Mr Rodrigues said goodbye to Ms Blanco to be with the newborns, he was then told she had suffered a haemorrhage and would need a blood transfusion.

She then suffered cardiac arrest and Mr Rodrigues was told his wife had died.

“The doctor said that because of COVID her body could not take it,” he said according to The Mirror, he had also tested positive for the virus but has since recovered.

“God let her leave two little angels for me to look after, to give me strength. I cried so much when I first saw them, it was the most beautiful thing.”

Brazil devastated by coronavirus pandemic

Brazil now has the second highest number of both coronavirus cases and deaths in the world.

Sitting just behind the US, Brazil has over 1.4 million confirmed cases and more than 60,000 deaths have been recorded.

It has been long been suspected the actual figures in the most populous country in South America could potentially be much higher, due to the low testing rates there.

A women's activist holds a sign that reads in Portuguese "Genocide 60 thousand deaths, Bolsonaro out," during a protest against the government's inefficiency in the face of the new coronavirus pandemic, in front of the National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, July 2, 2020.
A women's activist holds a sign that reads in Portuguese "Genocide 60 thousand deaths, Bolsonaro out," during a protest against the government's inefficiency in the face of the new coronavirus pandemic, in front of the National Congress. Source: AP

The pandemic pushed the country’s health system to the limit and mass graves were being dug.

The virus has spread to isolated indigenous populations in the Amazon rainforest and earlier this week, with Brazilian soldiers handing out face masks to the Yanomami indigenous people

The Brazilian Government, led by the populist far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, has been criticised for downplaying the risk posed by coronavirus which he dismissed as "a little cold" at the start of the pandemic.

with Associated Press and Reuters

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