Moms accomplish superhuman feats daily, however the reality 32-year-old American mother-of-four Kelsey Townsend continues to be alive right this moment is a miracle.
After contracting COVID-19 in late October while 39 weeks’ pregnant, the Poynette, Wisconsin, girl grew to become critically sick and practically died regardless of having no prior underlying well being circumstances.
Months later, she is finally nicely sufficient to be house with her household and the baby lady she virtually by no means had the prospect to carry.
The Townsends have taken the coronavirus pandemic very severely and have been socially isolating, carrying masks, and even having their groceries delivered, after they each fell sick in late October together with their oldest baby, daughter Payton, 8.
Derek Townsend mentioned even now, they don’t understand how or the place they contracted COVID-19.
Derek was hit onerous, however he recovered after about 48 hours. Kelsey, nonetheless, didn’t get higher.
It was late at night time when the couple determined she wanted to go to the hospital for assist; Kelsey didn’t get to say goodbye to Payton or her youthful kids, Beau, 5, and Religion, 1, as a result of they have been sleeping.
“It broke everybody’s hearts,” Kelsey mentioned. “It was very emotional.”
As soon as they reached St Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, issues occurred quick. Inside an hour of arrival, Kelsey was put into a medically induced coma and wheeled into the supply room. Her docs delivered their fourth baby, baby Lucy, by C-section on November 4.
Derek, who was nonetheless inside his isolation interval as a result of he had COVID-19, was not allowed to be on the birth or meet the baby; he needed to go away the hospital with out his critically sick spouse or their newborn.
He was capable of meet and convey Lucy house when his isolation ended on November 6, however he wouldn’t have the ability to see his spouse once more for a few months as a consequence of COVID restrictions.
That started a terrifying and unbelievable journey for the Townsends. Kelsey was transferred to College Hospital in Madison, the place she spent 75 days on an ECMO machine and a ventilator, however even that was difficult: College Hospital’s ICU was full, so she needed to be positioned on a ready record for a few hours.
“I may hear the desperation in the physician’s voice after they known as to say she wanted to be transferred,” mentioned Derek.
On Christmas Eve, Derek was allowed to go to Kelsey’s bedside by particular exception, maintain her hand, and inform his spouse her docs had decided she would wish a double lung transplant as a results of the harm COVID-19 had wrought on her organs.
However to have the ability to face up to the surgical procedure, she must work with rehab therapists and get robust sufficient in the next week to face by her bedside. In any other case, she wouldn’t be eligible for a transplant. The rehab was difficult after 10 weeks of being bedridden and with all of the remedy Kelsey needed to take.
However Kelsey did it — and what occurred subsequent was nothing wanting a miracle. While they waited for a good match for a transplant, Kelsey’s physique started to recuperate, and rapidly. On January 27, she was capable of go away the hospital with her personal lungs.
“We thought the one method she would come house was with a transplant, so this was fairly miraculous,” mentioned Derek.
Kelsey labored onerous for that miracle, he mentioned. “As soon as they instructed her the quickest method for her to go house and she or he knew it was an possibility for her to have the ability to go house with her personal lungs, she actually kicked it into excessive gear,” he mentioned. “Bodily remedy would come for an hour, and she or he would ask them to remain for an hour and a half.”
Now, Kelsey helps different pregnant ladies.
“The docs have instructed us Kelsey is a case examine for the nation,” Derek mentioned.
“They know extra concerning the vaccinations and the way they may have an effect on pregnant ladies due to Kelsey’s examine.”
Coming house, Kelsey mentioned, has been “wonderful,” and she or he and Lucy linked immediately.
“I used to be overjoyed. I’ve a lot to dwell for all proper right here in entrance of me,” she mentioned. “I used to be so excited to come back house and maintain everybody.”
Now, the problem is to maintain Kelsey, who nonetheless wants the help of an oxygen tank, from doing an excessive amount of while she continues her restoration at house.
“She’s very unbiased, and I inform her if she overdoes it, I’ll make her go to the rehab facility as a substitute,” Derek mentioned.
“Her well being is what’s most vital to us.”
“He’s a tremendous husband,” mentioned Kelsey.
“We have now our comfortable ending. We’re so blessed.”