Wesley Blais stayed 3 nights in the intensive care unit
She says Kelsey Brace didn’t think much when she caught a cold last Tuesday.
Her symptoms were not serious and no one in her family was ill. However, a woman in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador noticed something was wrong when her three-month-old son Wesley became lethargic the next day.
“(He) took a long nap and wasn’t a smiley face as usual,” Brace said. She said she had a rapid test back to COVID19 positive and by Wednesday dinner, Wesley had also developed symptoms (dog barking cough and dyspnea).
The husband took his son to the emergency room. “They appeared in Stephenville, were put on an ambulance, and took less than 20 minutes to go straight to Corner Brook Hospital,” she said.
“His oxygen levels were very low and had to be monitored by a Corner Brook pediatrician.”
Her son spent the next three nights in the oxygen intensive care unit.
“His radiograph showed that he had two spots on his lungs due to an infection from COVID,” she said. “I felt very useless and helpless.”
While Wesley was in the hospital, Brace fought his fight against the virus at his home and checked the condition of his son over the phone.
“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It was very painful,” she said.
“It’s very difficult for me because I was just talking to Justin and the speakerphone in the room-it’s my husband-and talking to the doctor and I didn’t really know what my baby was feeling. I felt very useless and helpless. ”
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