A six-month-old baby has defeated COVID-19 after she was diagnosed with the deadly disease earlier this month, while also battling with a heart condition and lung problems.
Erin Bates, born in October 2019 after her parents, Emma and Wayne, spent 10 years trying to get pregnant, has been in the hospital at Alder Hey in Liverpool with a heart condition and lung problems when she was struck with the novel coronavirus, but her parents say their “miracle” baby has successfully managed to fight off COVID-19.
The family shared heart-breaking photos of Erin to encourage people to follow social distancing measures and to stay indoors.
little Erin has now overcome the virus, her parents were delighted to report that she was able to successfully fight off the coronavirus.
“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,” His dad, Wayne posted on Facebook.
“She is all smiles and talking to herself.”
He went on to explain that Erin will remain a long-term patient, due to other medical issues, but that they are ‘relived’ and ‘proud’ of their little one and have heaped praise on the staff at the hospital.
Posting on Facebook, mum Emma wrote: “Our little girl has beat COVID-19. We are so proud.
“Thank you to all the staff at Alder Hey you are truly amazing.”
The diagnosis was especially hard on the family as due to coronavirus rules only one parent can stay in hospital with the baby.
Emma has been with Erin while Wayne has gone back home to Bury in Greater Manchester, where he has to self-isolate due to his contact with the baby. The couple keeps in contact via phone calls and Facetime.
In a statement, Alder Hey said: “You may have heard about six-month-old Erin, who is in Alder Hey after recently being diagnosed with COVID-19. Erin was in an isolation room here for 14 days with mum Emma whilst being treated by our staff.
“Today, little Erin beat covid-19 after testing negative and received a guard of honour by the treating team on our HDU as she was moved out of isolation. She is still being treated for other conditions at Alder Hey but is making good progress.
“Erin’s mum said of the staff who treated her: “Thank you so much to each and every one of them, we couldn’t have got through it without them. They are all truly amazing and we will be forever grateful.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up by a friend to help the Bates’ family remain financially stable while the Erin continues her hospital stay, you can donate to their GoFundMe page here