A couple has shared heartbreaking photos of their six-month-old baby who had just made it through heart surgery and has now been clinically diagnosed of having Coronavirus.
The infant Erin Bates, nicknamed ‘miracle baby’ is now on an oxygen machine as she has battled with windpipe problems since birth.
Born weighing just 5lbs 4oz, and after months of treatment, her parents felt she stood a high probability of recovery but on Friday a diagnosis of COVID-19 had been confirmed.
The photos of the baby released by Metro UK with the authorization of her parents, show the baby girl lying in hospital on a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine supplying oxygen, encompassed by wires, tubes, and equipment.
Her dad, Mr. Bates, a auto technician for Toyota, said:
‘People are still not taking this outbreak seriously and that upsets me. I take it personally.
‘Even before we went into lockdown, when we went into a supermarket we were anxious because our daughter is susceptible to viruses. ‘But people still don’t seem to have any concept of personal space.
‘There was a picture I’ve seen of a beach where there was an ice cream hut open with people queuing outside like it was a normal day. It horrifies me that people still are not sticking to the lockdown measures. It does upset both of us.’
Mr. Bates said that when their daughter was born, he and his wife were ‘over the moon’ because they had been attempting for 10 years to conceive and had been told they might be unable to have children but now she’s born she’s been battling for her existence from the very first day of her journey on earth.
She had open-heart surgery in December In January and also suffered respiratory syncytial virus, which causes bronchiolitis and pneumonia in babies and can be fatal.
She then suffered tracheomalacia and bronchomalacia which required the use of the CPAP machine.
Publishing on Facebook about her daughter’s diagnosis, Mrs. Bates, a travel agent, wrote: ‘Both myself and Wayne are utterly heartbroken yet again that we are in a position where we may lose our little girl if she doesn’t carry on fighting.
‘Please, please, please keep Erin in your prayers. We can’t lose her over this virus. She has battled through too much – we need her, she completes us.’
She added: ‘I hope that those who haven’t taken this virus seriously read this and I hope it now sinks in.’