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After putting a coronavirus from the patient to a respirator to help you breathe, Dr. Zafia Anklesaria noted to herself that her baby never kicked during the emergency procedures.

It was not until she was back in her office, and had removed the greater part of his protection team that made its presence.

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Anklesaria clean hands after intubating a COVID-19 patient.

Anklesaria is seven months pregnant with their first child. The 35-year-old works as co-director of the intensive care unit in CommonSpirit Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center, a downtown Los Angeles hospital that serves primarily lower-income Hispanic and african-american populations.

The hospital’s 22-bed COVID-19 intensive care unit has been at or near capacity since the end of March. Some nurses are pulling 24-hour shifts due to the high volume of patients in a critical state, he said.

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Anklesaria puts on a protective suit to intubate a COVID-19 patient

“The socio-economic class that serve us, that people tend to live in small spaces, which in reality do not have the privilege of good social distancing, and tend to get more infected as a result,” Anklesaria said.

The people living in the highest-poverty areas of Los Angeles county are dying of COVID-19 is more than twice the rate of those in the richest areas, according to data from the county department for public health.

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Anklesaria has a morning meeting with the doctors.

Anklesaria of the 12-hour shift starts at 7 in the morning. She works four days a week on average in the ICU and another one to two days doing pulmonary consultations with patients.

After receiving an update from the night shift, she begins to make her rounds, putting on and taking off your personal protective equipment into and out of the patients in the rooms. The nurses check on her regularly, making sure that she is hydrated, properly protected and take breaks to eat.

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Anklesaria serves COVID-19 patients.

“I don’t think I can do this job pregnant without your help,” Anklesaria said. She has had the luck of having an easy pregnancy and the baby has been “very well taken care of.”

“You have allowed your mom to do her job very well,” she said to her belly.

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Anklesaria eats breakfast in his office, in between attending COVID-19 patients.

She worries, however, that the baby is going to listen to the stress and the frustration in her voice as she goes about her day.

“So don’t try to reassure him when I have time to myself, I look down and say that everything is ok, we have this,” she said.

However, there are physical limitations: little by little discovering that it is harder to stay on your feet for long periods of time and often come home with back pain.

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Anklesaria remove a tracheostomy tube from COVID-19 patient Vicente Arredondo, 65.

On a May morning there was good news – one of the hospital’s first-COVID-19 patients, an employee who had spent nearly four weeks on the respirator, he was ready for his trach tube removed.

“Come on, you did it, you are officially released!”, said to 65 years of age, Vicente Arredondo as she withdraws the tube.

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Anklesaria greets her husband, Aria Jafari, 30 years old, and her dog as she arrives home after completing a 12-hour day shift.

When she returned home, exhausted, her husband, Aria Jafari, 30, held back the dog as she dashed to the shower. At first, she highlighted the possibility of isolating herself, but he wouldn’t hear of it.

He cares for her and the baby, but “he is not, fortunately, the realization that I want and need to work,” he said. “This is a job that you sign up for. If not us, then who is going to do it?”

Jafari, is an engineer and better convinced by the data, for what she has sent studies that suggest pregnant women and infants are not at increased risk of the coronavirus. She has promised her family if any evidence to the contrary arises, she will step out of the ICU.

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Anklesaria plays with her dog.

Anklesaria, who comes from a family of physicians in India, has been in the united States since the university. Their parents still live in Calcutta and is worried about not being able to get to the birth.

Due to the virus, she has to go to her prenatal visits alone, despite the fact that her husband has joined her ultrasound appointments via FaceTime.

He gives you the written questions for your ob to answer: how can she do this, she can do that?

“The answer is always: ‘yes.'”

EDITING of PHOTOS by MARIKA KOCHIASHVILI; Text editing by DIANE CRAFT, the DESIGN of JULIA DALRYMPLE

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