6-month-old Erin Bates is clear of the deadly coronavirus after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday, April 10.
Hospital staff applauded the infant as she was moved out of isolation at Alder Hey Children’s hospital in Liverpool, UK, on Friday.
HAPPY NEWS! A 6-month-old baby girl who was being treated for the coronavirus at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in the UK has recovered. She received applause from medical staff as she was moved out of isolation on Friday. “Today, little Erin beat COVID-19 after testing negative." pic.twitter.com/FhszZqMwT3
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) April 25, 2020
Baby Erin weighed just 5lbs and 4oz when she was born. She had issues with her windpipe and had to undergo open-heart surgery.
According to the New York Post, Erin contracted COVID-19 while in the hospital for medical procedures related to her heart defect.
Erin’s parents along with all of Britain are thrilled that the brave baby beat the odds was able to pull through. She remains in the hospital to receive treatment for other ongoing conditions but is stable, according to hospital staff.
Mr. Bates says, “She is all smiles and talking to herself.”
The Bates’ thank the doctors and nurses who helped save their daughter’s life.
Thank you so much to each and every one of them, we couldn’t have got through it without them,” Mrs. Bates said, “They are all truly amazing and we will be forever grateful.”
Dubbed a “miracle baby” for surviving conditions and complications like congenital heart disease, collapsed lungs, failed kidneys, RSV, tracheomalacia, and bronchomalacia, her family was devastated when Erin tested positive for COVID-19.
After her diagnosis, Erin’s case made headlines around the world.
She’s only gone and done it Our little girl has beat COVID 19 💪We are so proud ❤️❤️❤️❤️Thank you to all the staff at…
Erin’s parents created a Facebook group dedicated to their daughter’s journey to recovery in order to urge people to follow social distancing guidelines and take the threat of the virus seriously.
Photos of tiny Erin hooked up to a ventilator while in isolation at the hospital posted to social media inspired words of hope and prayers from the public.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 13, 2020
“Erin has beaten the virus. It hit her hard with a few ups and downs but we wanted people to know coronavirus doesn’t have to be a death sentence for people with pre-existing conditions,” said Mr. Bates.
Erin still requires the use of an oxygen machine, but only minimally. The Bates’s hope their baby girl’s condition will continue to improve so they can have her home before her first birthday in October.