A nurse in Ohio who recently gave birth to her seventh child has tragically died from complications related to the novel coronavirus before she was able to hold her newborn, according to her family and friends.
Tawauna Averette — a 42-year-old cardiac unit nurse at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton — died on Tuesday, months after she and several of her colleagues fell ill with COVID-19, her husband Charles Averette told the Dayton Daily News.
“It’s hard,” he said. “She was everything for us, and we don’t have her no more.”
The mom started showing symptoms of what the family thought was a head cold in October, while she was pregnant with her youngest child, according to Charles.
Tawauna tested positive for COVID-19 later that month at an urgent care facility and was soon admitted into the intensive care unit after having trouble breathing, he told WHIO-TV.
While she was in the ICU, Tawauna gave birth to her daughter Skye via C-section six weeks early.
Friends of Tawauna said the mom was not able to hold Skye before she died.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Gabrielle Chung