While in a medically induced coma because she had contracted COVID-19, a Washington woman gave birth to a little girl on April 1. Referencing herself as a “miracle walking,” she gave all praise and credit to God.
Angela Primachenko, 27, was 34 weeks pregnant when she began experiencing symptoms similar to spring allergies. After her cough escalated to a constant fever over the span of two days, family members urged her to get tested. Two days later, she tested positive for COVID-19.
Primachenko, a respiratory therapist, checked into the ICU of the hospital where she works on March 26. As her condition worsened over the next three days, doctors decided to intubate and put her on a ventilator.
“Being a respiratory therapist… I knew I couldn’t keep breathing the way I was and survive,” she recalled during an interview. “When you’re that sick, you’re just fighting for your life. My focus wasn’t on fear; it was just on getting through it.”
As Primachenko lay comatose in the ICU, her medical team discussed at length how to proceed with her pregnancy. They concluded that the doctors should induce labor in order to give her lungs more space and her body more much-needed nutrients.
She was induced and gave birth to a baby girl on April 1. Four days later, her health took a turn for the worse. “We were actually scared we were going to lose our sister that day,” one of her nine siblings said.
The very next day, however, she made a complete recovery. Primachenko woke up from her medically induced coma on April 6 — five days after her daughter had been born. She named her little girl Ava.
During an interview on NBC’s Today Show, Primachenko shared that there’s always hope. “Even in the hardest days and the hardest times that there’s hope and you can rely on God and people and community.”
“The amount of community and people that were praying for me is just unbelievable. I was blown away, and I’m so incredibly thankful,” she added.
She also credited her faith for getting her through this difficult time. “I don’t know how to make it through without faith. Faith for healing, faith for life after death, faith for it all.”
According to Primachenko’s OB, the entire induced pregnancy was “God-ordained.” Baby Ava “was like perfect, and she came out exactly the way she needed to.” Doctors put Ava on a ventilator because of the medications her mother had been given. Thankfully, Ava tested negative for COVID-19.
Primachenko was released from the hospital shortly after, but Ava had to stay at the NICU until mom had tested negative for COVID-19 as well. On Wednesday, April 15, she was able to hold her new baby girl for the first time. She broke into tears as soon as Ava was placed in her arms.