BALDWIN PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — Roxanne McCabe was 38 weeks pregnant when her husband, Milo, tested positive for COVID-19.
“Ever have your stomach come up to your throat? That’s the feeling,” Milo said.
His condition rapidly declined and he was hospitalized at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center.
“I didn’t know if he would come home, and I was going to be by myself with a newborn,” Roxanne said. “It was very traumatic for both of us.”
Milo, an electrician, said he felt like he was drowning in his own body.
Dr. Kim Man, a pulmonary and critical care specialist who was treating him, said he considered intubating him.
“Knowing how young he is, first child on the way, we were all very very anxious about him,” Dr. Man said.
Fortunately, Milo’s condition began to improve, but not soon enough.
Roxanne went into labor and her husband couldn’t be there in person since he still may have been contagious. Her mother was able to be by Roxanne’s side instead. However, Milo did the next best thing: he watched the healthy birth of his daughter, Emberly, via Zoom video chat on April 20.
“We’re grateful for the technology we have now. At least he could see it,” Roxanne said.
Days later, Milo was released from the hospital and met his baby girl.
“The real thing is always much different,” he said. “I couldn’t seem to not look at her. Even when she was across the room.”
Milo turned 29 while in the hospital.
“We didn’t think it would get us this bad,” his wife said. “We’re young, we’re healthy people.”
The family of three is back home together, and they say they’re feeling grateful to have overcome the unexpected hurdle.
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