Autumn Carver, an Indianapolis mother, was able to embrace her son for the first time, two months after he was born. Autumn began battling COVID-19 while seven months pregnant and has been fighting for her life since then, but last week she was healthy enough to hold Huxley in her arms, according to her husband.
“Today she met our son and it was an amazing moment needless to say,” Zach Carver wrote on Facebook. “Her parents, one of her best friends and many nurses and doctors witnessed the special moment. I don’t know if there was a dry eye in the area.”
He said that the meeting was a surprise decided by doctors on the same day. While Autumn is still dealing with serious medical issues as a result of COVID-19, including the possibility of requiring a lung transplant, Zach stated that they have had several positive developments since that day she first met her son.
Autumn was able to completely come off a ventilator and has made progress in her physical therapy training every day. “We want no more machines,” Zach said. “Last few hurdles to jump.”
Autumn, now a mother of three, including a 3-year-old and 5-year- old daughter, was ecstatic for the newest member of the family to join them this month after she and Zach were diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-August.
Autumn stated that she had not been vaccinated since she has suffered three miscarriages, and the CDC did not assure the safety of the vaccination for pregnant women until later that month. She’d also been in good health and active.
Her health took a rapid turn for the worse and she was hospitalised by the end of August and placed on a ventilator, despite Zach’s improvement.
Autumn’s doctors needed to arrange for an emergency C-section more than a month before Huxley’s due date. Autumn was later placed on life support, sedated, and given a tracheotomy.
Meanwhile, Autumn is receiving treatment in the hospital where Zach has been caring for their three children at home. You can assist the family by donating to their GoFundMe page here.