Baby boy returns home after spending 32 days in covid coma in Brazil

Parents hail ‘miracle’ as their five-month-old baby boy returns home after spending 32 days in a coma with coronavirus in Brazil

  • Baby Dom tested positive for COVID just a few months after he was born in Rio
  • Doctors at first thought it was bacterial infection before he went back to hospital 
  • He was in hospital for a total of 54 days – 32 of them in a coma in intensive care 
  • Parents Wagner and Viviane said taking Dom home was ‘a magical moment’
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Parents have hailed the ‘miracle’ of their five-month-old baby boy returning home after spending 32 days in a coma with coronavirus in Brazil.

Just a few months after his birth Dom Andrade tested positive for COVID-19 at the Pro-Cardiaco hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

‘He had some difficulty breathing so the doctors thought it was a bacterial infection,’ his father Wagner Andrade told CNN.

‘But the medication didn’t work and he got worse. Then me and my wife decided to take him to a second hospital and they tested him. It was coronavirus.’ 


Wagner Andrade and his wife, Viviane Monteiro, believe their baby’s recovery is a ‘miracle.’

Dr. Cristiane Guimarães, coordinator of the hospital’s pediatric ICU, praised the baby who ‘behaved like an adult,’ and added that Dom will not suffer any long-term conditions as a result of his treatment

Mr Andrade and his wife, Viviane Monteiro, believe their baby’s recovery is a ‘miracle.’

It remains unclear how the child contracted the virus, but the parents think it may have been after a visit to a relative’s home.

Ms Monteiro told La Nacion: ‘We lived through a magical moment when he was released, because at times we thought we would not bring him home. Going out with our son in our arms is indescribable.’ 

Dom will celebrate six-months since he was born on June 14 and will be joined by relatives over a video conference call.

Dr. Cristiane Guimarães, coordinator of the hospital’s pediatric ICU, praised the baby who ‘behaved like an adult,’ and added that Dom will not suffer any long-term conditions as a result of his treatment.

Brazil has recorded 25 coronavirus-related deaths of children under 12 months.

Brazil registered 16,409 new cases of novel coronavirus on Sunday, raising the total of infected cases to 514,849 in the second worst outbreak of COVID-19 in the world after the United Sates, the health ministry said.

It said there were 480 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours in Brazil, for a total death toll of 29,314, the fourth highest in the global pandemic after the United States, Britain and Italy. 

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