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Pregnant COVID patient, premature baby die in New Taipei hospital

Mother had chronic disease, further analysis necessary to establish whether COVID played part in death

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A COVID patient and her premature baby passed away at the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in New Taipei. 

A COVID patient and her premature baby passed away at the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in New Taipei.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A woman diagnosed with COVID-19 died at a New Taipei City hospital hours after the death of her premature baby, reports said Saturday (May 7).

Acute pulmonary embolism was listed as the cause of death for the woman, who was about 30 weeks pregnant and had suffered from chronic conditions including asthma and anemia, CNA reported. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said further analysis was necessary to establish whether COVID played a part in her death.

The woman tested positive for the coronavirus at Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in Banqiao District and stayed because she developed a high fever. As her condition was rapidly deteriorating, she was treated with remdesivir, an antiviral drug for serious COVID cases, and given medicine to prevent a miscarriage.

After she lost consciousness Friday (May 6), an emergency C-section failed to save the baby. The woman passed away early Saturday morning, the CECC said.