Monica Ramirez drove herself to the ER on a July afternoon. She was 30 weeks pregnant and she could not breathe. She woke from a coma nearly 3 weeks later. In a different city. In a different hospital. Hooked up to a ventilator. And with her baby nearby.
Of the 48 pregnant women who have been admitted to Loma Linda University Medical Center with COVID-19, 45 are Latina โ€” an extreme snapshot of a disease that has infected and killed Latinos at a rate disproportionate to their share of the population.
Emiliana was born July 13 โ€” 10 weeks early, weighing 3 pounds, 6 ounces. She needed a ventilator for the first several days of her life. More than a month would pass before she felt her motherโ€™s touch. She spent her first eight weeks in the neonatal ICU.