Acuna’s sister, Paula Olmeda, says the nurse said she would receive the next call while her new 29-year-old mother was in the air on her way to lifesaving treatment.
However, when the second call was made, the family was told that the flight was canceled and the helicopter flew without Acuna. Nevada Medicaid was found not to cover lung transplants. Kidneys and liver, yes, but not the more expensive heart or lungs.
“It changed from’your sister will be safe’to’your sister will die’ in seconds,” Olmeda told The Daily Beast. “It was like a joke.”
Acuna has fought with the tenacity she has shown since she was first admitted to Centennial Hills Hospital on August 30th. It happened to be the 22nd month. Pregnant women die nationwide from COVID, The best since the start of the pandemic.
Olmeda says Acuna was among 69 percent of fully unvaccinated pregnant women. Acuna delayed taking shots until it was approved by OB-GYN. She planned to do so in the week of August 23, a few days before becoming one of the 125,000 pregnant women who tested positive for COVID. She was sent home twice from the emergency room and hospitalized as one of them before her blood oxygen levels became very low. 97% of unvaccinated pregnant inpatients with COVID..
“All the timing was terrible,” Olmeda said.
The total number of pregnant women dying nationwide has increased to 161 as Akuna fought for the lives of her unborn son and her son. She was 24 weeks pregnant when she was hospitalized, and the doctor wanted to extend it by another six so that his lungs were more developed.
The family was unable to visit her due to COVID precautions, but saw at FaceTime she postponed her own invasive treatment to give her son a better chance of survival.
“Everyone wanted to reach the baby for at least 30 weeks before taking it out,” Olmeda later said.
Meanwhile, the family witnessed the painful confirmation of the CDC’s discovery that pregnancy significantly increased the likelihood of serious illness due to COVID.
“It ate her alive,” Olmeda said.
Acuña reached just 26 weeks on September 13, when doctors worried that her heart might fail. Her family spoke to her at FaceTime shortly before anesthesia in preparation for an emergency caesarean section and immediately performed a tracheostomy to house the ventilator.
“The last thing she said to my mom was,’Mom, I have nothing for my baby,'” Olmeda recalled. “I’gab, don’t worry, I’ll take care of you. I’ll prepare your nursery, I’ll get your register, I’ll take care of it.”
Acuna managed the response before it was put down.
“Smile,” Olmeda reported.
Acuna’s son, Ryden, weighed only £ 1 and 10 ounces at birth. He was immediately taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as was the case with a newborn whose mother was infected with COVID.