Pregnant mum, 36, dies from Covid weeks after giving birth

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A woman has died from Covid-19 after giving birth to a baby boy.

Amanda Perry, 36, from the US state of Tennessee, was hospitalised with coronavirus on September 15 while 32 weeks pregnant, WKRN reports.

Her husband Billy told the station she was having trouble breathing so he rushed her to the emergency room.

Doctors performed an emergency C-section. The boy, named Nolan, survived but her condition worsened.

Billy and Amanda Perry are pictured with five of their kids from other marriages.
Amanda Perry died after giving birth to her and her husband Billy's son. The pair each have children from previous marriages. Source: GoFundMe

Ms Perry was transported to a hospital in Virginia so she could be hooked to an ECMO to assist with her breathing.

Unfortunately, she died on Monday.

"The doctors told me it was inevitable," Mr Perry told News 4 Nashville.

He told Newsweek she "was terrified".

"Covid's a killer," he said.

"You hear about it on TV all the time, but it never really hits home. Yeah, somebody you work with might get Covid but you don't know anybody that's having their whole world ripped apart because of it. 

"Then when it happens, it's awful. It came out of nowhere and it happened so fast."

Mr Perry said he was able to spend three minutes with his wife and tell her he loved her before she died.

When he asked if she loved him, the mum, unable to speak because of a tracheotomy, "blinked really long and hard", Mr Perry told Newsweek.

Ms Perry’s mum Carlene Bennett said her daughter was hesitant about receiving a vaccine. The couple had three miscarriages before Nolan was born.

“She had lost so many trying to conceive him,” Ms Bennett told News 4 Nashville.

Amanda Perry, 36, is pictured.
Ms Perry was worried about losing her child. She had already suffered three miscarriages. Source: WKRN

“She wanted to get vaccinated, but she did not want to risk the pregnancy. She said she was going to get vaxxed after she gave birth, but time ran out.”

However, there is no evidence coronavirus vaccines affect fertility in men or women.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard slammed suggestions on social media earlier this year suggesting a Covid vaccine could affect pregnancy.

"A strong point though that was made to me when I was enquiring about the evidence is that particularly young women and girls who are contemplating having a child should understand that if they don't have the vaccine, and they do get the virus," he said at a press conference in August.

“They may suffer from long Covid or from symptoms that would actually make it more difficult to be able to have children.”

A GoFundMe page started by a friend of the family described Ms Perry as “the sweetest soul and most tender heart”.

“To know Amanda was to love her. Her smile was contagious. Her warmth and kindness were felt by all who crossed her path,” the page reads.

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