As concerns mount about the dangers of coronavirus variants for pregnant and young women, the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem said Sunday that a 32-year-old woman in her third trimester had died of COVID-19 and that her baby had not survived. an emergency delivery.
Osnat Ben Sheetrit, a mother of four young children, succumbed to complications related to COVID despite not suffering from any underlying illness.
“Unfortunately, the mother and the fetus were in critical condition and, despite the mother being connected to an ECMO [heart and lung bypass] machine and despite great efforts to save the life of the fetus in the intensive care unit for premature babies, they died, ”Hadassah said.
A close relative of Osnat posted her photo on Instagram and wrote: “A mother of four pure princes went through a pregnancy that she did not survive. Our hearts are broken, we don’t know what to do with ourselves. There is no consolation.”
Last week, Israel saw its first recorded case of a fetus death after becoming infected with coronavirus. The mother, who had a stillbirth at Assuta Hospital in Ashdod, tested positive for coronavirus after failing to report the symptoms she experienced.
The hospital said that if the woman had been vaccinated, she most likely would not have been infected with the virus.
According to the Ministry of Health, there are currently 50 pregnant women hospitalized for complications from the coronavirus.
According to data released by the ministry on Sunday, 10 of the women are in serious condition and eight are in critical condition, seven with ventilators and one connected to an ECMO machine.
Professor Galia Rahav, head of the Infectious Diseases Unit and Laboratories at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, said all the women were in the late stages of pregnancy and had not been vaccinated.
Most, he said, were from the haredi sector and had other children at home.
“I think his serious illness is due to the British coronavirus strain,” he said.
“Treating coronavirus patients during pregnancy is not like regular treatments and that is why we definitely recommend vaccination, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy,” Rahav said.
Dr. Ortal Ne’eman, director of the Maternal and Fetal Medicine Unit at Ashdod Assuta Public Hospital, also urged pregnant women to get vaccinated.
“In recent weeks we have witnessed an increase in coronavirus infections among pregnant women. The dilemma of getting vaccinated is understandable, but it is not justified, ”Ne’eman said.
“So far, no woman has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Israel after receiving the second puncture. I beg you to go get vaccinated to keep you and your fetus safe. Any doubt means the possibility of an unnecessary infection.”
The Health Ministry said Sunday that there are currently 48 children under the age of 18 hospitalized with coronavirus, including six in critical condition.
While this marks an increase of eight children in two days, it is below February’s record number of 50 children.