Hospital Staff Cheer as Mother Who Gave Birth While in Coma Meets Newborn Baby After Recovering from Coronavirus

New York hospital staff on Wednesday cheered as a mother who gave birth while in a medically-induced coma met her newborn baby boy for the first time after recovering from COVID-19.

A video, shared by CNN on Wednesday, showed dozens of medical workers at Northwell Health's Southside Hospital in Suffolk County cheering for Yanira Soriano, 36, as she was pushed outside on a wheelchair to meet her baby, whom she has reportedly named Walter.

Alexandra Zendrian, a spokesperson for Southside Hospital, said Soriano arrived at the facility with pneumonia related to her coronavirus infection on April 2 and was placed on a ventilator, according to Newsday. Hospital officials said she was 34 weeks pregnant when she was admitted and doctors performed an emergency C-section the next day. Soriano had to be placed into a medically-induced coma for the operation.

After spending 11 days on a ventilator, Soriano met her 12-day-old baby boy outside the hospital on Wednesday and was discharged. "It was nice to see such a positive outcome, to see her reunited with her son," Zendrian said. "For the staff, it was really encouraging to see something like this."

Newsweek reached out to Northwell Health for additional information.

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New York hospital staff on Wednesday cheered as a mother who gave birth while in a medically-induced coma met her newborn baby boy for the first time after recovering from COVID-19. iStock/Getty

As of Wednesday night, more than 214,600 individuals had tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, with over 11,500 deaths caused by the new disease.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday issued an executive order requiring all people to wear face masks or coverings "in public situations where social distancing is not possible."

"If you're going to be in public and you cannot maintain social distancing, then have a mask and put the mask on when you are not in socially-distanced places," said Cuomo during today's coronavirus briefing.

While Cuomo says those who are caught without masks will not be sent to jail, he has encouraged local authorities to formulate plans to enforce the order, which is expected to go into effect on Friday.

Cuomo reported that New York COVID-19 hospitalizations are at roughly 18,000, a decrease from last week. The governor called the drop "good news," but went on to warn that premature easing of social distancing measures could cause the infection rate to increase.

"We still have on a day-to-day basis about 2,000 people who are being diagnosed with COVID, so we're not out of the woods, no, we're still in the woods, but good news is we can change the curve and control the spread," he said.

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