In what continues to be promising news as we learn more about the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a mama has given birth to a baby who was born with antibodies against the virus.
According to the Straits Times Newspaper, Celine Ng-Chan gave birth to her second baby, a son, earlier this month. She named him Aldrin, and though she'd contracted COVID-19 when she was just 10-weeks pregnant with Aldrin, he was born COVID-19 free and WITH antibodies against the virus.
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Ng-Chan is one of just a few women who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 while pregnant who has given birth, and she told the newspaper she was overjoyed he was healthy and happy.
She said her doctor believes she must have transferred her COVID-19 antibodies to Aldrin during pregnancy. Interestingly, Ng-Chan's antibodies seem to be gone, but the baby still has them and scientists believe that may mean he has an immunity to the virus for the time being.
He was born healthy on November 7th, after what she called a dramatic pregnancy because she, her 58-year-old mother and her 2-year-old daughter all contracted COVID. Her husband and father, both on the trip to Europe with them (which is where they believe they were exposed) did not ever contract the infection.
Her mother was very ill, hospitalized for four months and with 29 days of a life support machine keeping her alive. Ng-Chan and her daughter had only mild symptoms but were in the hospital for about 2.5 weeks. She was 10-weeks pregnant when she was discharged from the hospital.
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The World Health Organization has not stated definitively whether a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus to her baby during pregnancy or delivery, but this is anecdotal information that would indicate that she sure can pass antibodies on. That's great news for pregnant women and their unborn children, and backs up research from New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center reported in October in JAMA Pediatrics that transmissions from mothers to newborns is rare.