Pregnant mother and unborn baby die after contracting COVID-19

The woman, 45, from Tel Sheva in the south, had no preexisting conditions, was not vaccinated against coronavirus

Illustrative: A pregnant woman at a hospital. (iStock via Getty Images)
Illustrative: A pregnant woman at a hospital. (iStock via Getty Images)

A pregnant mother died Monday at Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center after contracting COVID-19, and her unborn baby died as well.

The 45-year-old woman, who was in the ninth month of her pregnancy, was not vaccinated against the coronavirus and had no preexisting medical conditions. An initial assessment found that she may have died of shortness of breath, Channel 12 reported.

The woman was from Tel Sheva, a Bedouin town near Beersheba. She was taken to a clinic in Tel Sheva without vital signs by family members who refused to give information about her.

Israel has been advising pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19, after health authorities concluded that current evidence shows the risks of the disease are significantly greater than the hypothetical risks of the vaccine. Monday’s tragedy follows other known cases of mothers and/or babies dying after a pregnant woman became infected with the virus.

In February, 32-year-old Osnat Ben Shitrit, who was in her 30th week of pregnancy, died at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital after contracting the coronavirus. Doctors were unable to save her fetus in an emergency C-section.

Ben Shitrit was healthy until she contracted the virus, and previously had four smooth pregnancies that ended in straightforward births, a spokeswoman for Hadassah told The Times of Israel at the time. Ben Shitrit had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Earlier this month, 23-year-old Shuruq Jubran, from the Arab Israeli town of Jisr az-Zarqa in the north, died due to complications of the coronavirus three weeks after giving birth. Her baby survived.

Jubran had been treated at Hadera’s Hillel Yaffe Medical Center since giving birth to her first child. She contracted COVID-19 at the end of her pregnancy and was not able to see her daughter after the delivery.

She suffered from heart diseases as a result of the virus, despite having no preexisting conditions.

Jubran’s sister Amna Kahwaji, 31, died just 10 days earlier under nearly identical circumstances. She had given birth to her first child a week earlier, several weeks after contracting the coronavirus.

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