A few months after his birth, Dom was diagnosed with Covid-19 at the Pro-Cardiaco Hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
He spent 54 days in the hospital – 32 of which he was in an induced coma and attached to a ventilator, Dom’s father, Wagner, told CNN.
“He had some difficulty breathing so doctors thought it was a bacterial infection,” he said. “But the medication didn’t work and he got worse. Then my wife and I decided to take him to a second hospital and they tested him. It was a coronavirus.”
It remains unclear how Dom contracted the coronavirus. According to Andrew, he was revealed when he went to a relative’s house.
“My wife noticed this sound at the end of the breath,” he said. “We called a few doctors and one of them asked us to record a video. After he saw it, he ordered us to take him to the hospital immediately.”
Andrew and his wife Vivian Monterio say it was a “miracle” that Dom recovered.
“At first I felt relieved and then indescribable happiness,” Andrew said. “We have been interested in bringing him back to the country for more than 50 days.”
Dom will celebrate his-month’s birthday on June 14 at home with parents, virtually surrounded by relatives.
At least 25 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported in children up to 12 months of age in Brazil, according to the country’s health ministry.
Last week, Latin America became the epicenter of a global epidemic. According to Johns Hopkins University, the virus has confirmed 465,166 deaths and 27,878 deaths, with Brazil being the most affected country in the region.
CNN’s Tatiana Arias writes in Atlanta and reporter Rodrigo Pedroso reports from Sao Paulo, Brazil.