Bourbon woman shares story of delivering baby 7 weeks early while battling Covid-19 on ventilator
BOURBON, Ind. (WNDU) - A Marshall County woman is sharing her story of battling Covid-19 and delivering her daughter seven weeks early. This past November, Lacey Pfeiffer tested positive for the virus. And by November 13th, she was rushed by ambulance to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis where she was put on a ventilator.
“I just remember a ton of doctors and nurses around getting me ready. The doctors and nurses were phenomenal though. They were holding my hands. And I was crying at this point and just said like, ‘I’m so scared to die. I have a four year old at home.’”
At St. Vincent’s, Pfeiffer had to be sedated. Within eight days, her daughter, Lux, was delivered by C-section. Lacey was unable to see her daughter, and her husband and son were still home in Bourbon due to visitor restrictions.
“My husband rushed to Indy because he was still up here since he couldn’t visit, but they did allow him to see her in the NICU, but she had to pass three negative COVID tests before he could touch her, do anything,” explained Pfeiffer.
While Lacey regained strength and was removed from the ventilator, her husband would spend up to 18 hours a day holding Lux. Lacey was discharged from the hospital on December 6th, a day of firsts for her: the first time she saw her husband in three weeks and the first time she was able to hold her daughter.
Doctors cleared Lux to go home on December 17th.
“She hasn’t had any issues. She’s taking milk and growing more than we ever thought she would, like her weight’s just been fantastic. [She’s] nine pounds right now,” Lacey said.
Reflecting on the last year, Lacey believes God was preparing her for the trials she’d endure.
“It’s crazy that in the beginning of 2020, I was praying to get pregnant,” she said. “For some reason, God had me praying for nurses and doctors more than I ever normally would. And I one, one of my prayers in April was just praying for people’s mental state in the hospital, which, that’s been the hardest part for me.
“[God] gave us the best doctors and nurses we could ever imagine. They cared for us like I was their own sibling. And so it’s just been amazing to see how He prepared me for this broken time. And I’m hoping and praying to see how He’ll put me back together. I’m still really broken. But yeah, I’m excited to see what He has next in store for our family.”
Lacey credits prayers from her community - and perfect strangers - for helping her stay strong throughout this journey.
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