Untouchable: The baby born to a mum with coronavirus

first_imgFor 10 days after giving birth to her first child, the mother was not allowed near him after she tested positive for coronavirus, for fear of infecting her newborn. And even though she has since been reunited with her son, neither she nor her husband have been allowed to physically touch him without gloves as they undergo an extended period of quarantine. “It’s hard,” says Vanesa Muro at her home in Madrid, the worst-hit area in Spain, a country where more than 10,000 people have died from the virus, the highest number outside Italy. “He grabs your finger, the poor little thing and holds on to the plastic, not on to you. But at least that’s another day over, you have to think of it like that otherwise you get depressed,” says the 34-year-old.  She had been preparing to have the baby by caesarian section on March 16, but everything changed when her grandmother, who the couple had been seeing every day, caught the virus. She later died.  On March 12, she and her husband tested positive and he rushed her to Madrid’s La Paz University Hospital but he was not allowed in, “so he left me at A&E”, she told AFP.They decided to operate the next day.  ‘Longest 90 minutes’ “I felt a whole mixture of feelings, it was horrible,” she says — fear of infecting the baby, nervous about going through it without her husband, and the bizarre sense of being operated on by surgeons completely covered in protective suits.Back home, her husband was also struggling, knowing she was in surgery but not knowing what was going on.”It was the longest 90 minutes of my life,” says Oscar Carrillo.In the end, baby Oliver was born safely, weighing 3.6 kilograms.He was put straight into an incubator and kept away from all the other babies until he was tested and found to be free of the virus. Following 48 hours recovering in hospital in almost total isolation, with the staff entering the room as little as possible because of a lack of protective equipment, Muro was allowed to go home, but had to leave her baby behind. “It seems silly but even though he was seven floors below me, he seemed closer to me there than when I was home,” she says.  ‘Memory of a nightmare’ It was only 10 days later that the couple, wearing gloves and masks, were allowed to take him home. “Hey little champion, we’re going to go home now,” were the first words Muro said to her son during their emotional reunion. “It was like he’d just been born that day.”For Arantxa Fernandez, a psychologist at the hospital, it was also a very special moment, “the most beautiful I’ve ever experienced in my professional life,” she told AFP.Throughout the process, Fernandez would send the couple photos and videos of Oliver while he was still in hospital, offering the pair support that they describe as “vital”.Although they have spent 14 days in quarantine, there are no testing kits to confirm they are free from the virus so they are still wearing gloves and masks.”I still haven’t touched my son without gloves… we are just dying for the quarantine to end so we can touch him, kiss him,” says Carrillo as his wife gives Oliver a bottle, safety measures in place. And the new parents are not able to turn to their families for support. Even though Muro’s parents live very close, Spain’s lockdown means it feels like they are living miles away, Carrillo says. “It’s hard but we’ll get through it,” says Muro. “In no time, he’ll be a month old and we’ll be back out on the streets.”He will get to know his grandparents and aunts and uncles. And all of this will just be a memory of a nightmare that we lived through.”  Topics :last_img read more

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’

first_imgLOS ANGELES — It looks like baseball’s unwritten rules are in for a rewrite.The latest flareup in the sport’s culture wars came Monday night when Fernando Tatis Jr. took a healthy cut on a 3-and-0 pitch with the bases loaded and his team leading by seven runs in the eighth inning. The San Diego Padres’ 21-year-old star hit a grand slam.The Texas Rangers took offense, throwing behind the back of the next hitter, Manny Machado, and Rangers manager Chris Woodward bemoaned the disdain for baseball’s archaic etiquette.“Norms are being challenged on a daily basis,” said Woodward, who spent three seasons as a coach on Dodgers manager Dave Roberts’ staff. “I don’t think we liked it as a group.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Ruiz said his fever lasted for three days but he was not hospitalized. He lost weight because he couldn’t taste anything.ALSOLeft-hander Alex Wood was scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game Tuesday afternoon. Wood made just one start before going on the Injured List with shoulder inflammation. He is expected to throw a bullpen session Thursday or Friday and then would likely throw a four-inning simulated game before being considered for the rotation. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img MLB players – as a group – did like it. Support for Tatis poured out on social media.“Don’t like it,” Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty tweeted. “Don’t fall behind 3-0. Pretty simple.”Former AL MVP Josh Donaldson cited one-time teammate David Price.“I’ve never understood this,” Donaldson tweeted. “Why is it the hitters fault that the pitcher fell behind 3-0? As one of my favorite teammates ever David Price would say, ‘Don’t like it, pitch better.’”Never shy about sharing his opinion, Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer directed his tweet at Tatis. “1) Keep swinging 3-0 if you want to, no matter what the game situation is,” he tweeted.“2) Keep hitting homers, no matter what the situation is“3) Keep bringing energy and flash to baseball and making it fun“4) The only thing you did wrong was apologize. Stop that.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said there were “a lot of layers” to the discussion and admitted he was brought up in baseball under the old-school mentality. But he has evolved, coming over to the “Let the kids play” side of the debate.“I think that I came up in a day and age when unwritten rules were sort of abided to and were kind of universally accepted,” Roberts said. “I think things are changing – some good, some not so good.“As I looked into last night and heard a lot of back and forth, you see both sides. There’s a lot of gray. Teams do score five runs a night. We did it twice (in an inning) last night. It changes the dynamic of how you use your ‘pen if you don’t add on, tack on runs.“So I see it both ways. I think for me personally I’ve flipped a little bit more about just keep playing to win the game. Teams that are trailing aren’t going to stop trying to score runs. … I might have changed the way I see things from last night’s incident.”Roberts said he did notice that Machado didn’t complain about being thrown at and another Padres veteran, Eric Hosmer, suggested the issue would be addressed internally with Tatis.But talent like Tatis should be allowed to play freely, Roberts suggested.“I think the unwritten rules have changed, should change,” he said. “Each passing day, we’ve got to continue to break some of those rules. And that’s a good thing.”COVID CASECatcher Keibert Ruiz became the fourth Dodgers player to acknowledge he contracted a case of COVID-19, delaying his arrival at Summer Camp last month. Kenley Jansen, A.J. Pollock and Scott Alexander have all said they suffered from the illness. Tony Gonsolin said he tested positive for the coronavirus but never became ill.Ruiz had the now-familiar range of symptoms – high fever, headache and a lost sense of taste.“It was a tough time,” said Ruiz who made his major-league debut Sunday. “It was like seven days I was sick, didn’t feel good. But thank God I’m good now.”Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more