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After A Heart Attack And 3 Strokes While Pregnant With Covid, Woman Urges Vaccination

COVID-19 is riskier than the vaccine in pregnancy

Diana Crouch is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated after surviving COVID-19 while pregnant.

Crouch was hospitalized for 139 days and put on life support. She had 3 strokes and a heart attack.

Her baby, Cameron, was delivered at 31 weeks via C-section and named for the doctor.

In all, Diana Crouch, 28, spent 139 days in the hospital, including several weeks on ECMO, a last-resort life-support machine that acts as an external heart and lungs for the body.

She has no recollection of delivering her baby, who was born via C-section at 31 weeks.

“After all I went through, the least of your worries should be the vaccine. I put my baby through all this as well.”

Once at the hospital, Crouch’s condition deteriorated

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Crouch started feeling off in summer 2021, but she chalked up the fatigue and headache to pregnancy. She was about 18 weeks along.

Even Crouch’s obstetrician assumed her symptoms were related to dehydration and morning sickness, but sent Crouch to the ER once she developed a low-grade fever, Today reported.

The couple, who shared four kids prior to the pregnancy, weren’t vaccinated against COVID-19. Crouch didn’t worry about catching the virus since she’d already been infected.

Plus, she told the Tribune, “I just didn’t want to risk it. I was like, we have an immune system for this, and I don’t want to do anything that might affect my baby.”

But at the hospital, Crouch was diagnosed with COVID pneumonia and transferred to Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, where she was put on a ventilator …

Pregnant patients were more than five times as likely to be admitted to the ICU if they had COVID-19. They were more than 14 times as likely to need intubation, and more than 15 times as likely to die.

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