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mom got coronavirus—then delivered triplets
Woman's Hospital of Texas

A Texas mom just earned bona fide superhero status with two incredible achievements—beating COVID-19, and then going on to deliver healthy triplets.

The incredible story was shared by the Woman's Hospital of Texas Facebook page. It all started back in May, when a mom identified only as Maggie checked in for monitoring at 28 weeks pregnant. The hospital's policy called for a coronavirus test, and two days later—on Mother's Day no less—the results came back positive.


It was a shock for the mom-to-be, who had been isolating at home since March for her own safety and that of her babies. The hospital didn't share whether Maggie was symptomatic or not, but either way, knowing her body was harboring the virus that has led to so much death and devastation all over the world must have been incredibly terrifying.

But the hospital says everyone was impressed by Maggie's focus. "As an incredibly kind and selfless person, Maggie's main concern was everyone but herself. She worried about the health of the triplets, her husband and their 5-year-old son, as well as the nurses and physicians caring for her."

At home, Maggie's husband tested positive as well. That meant when it came time to deliver, he wasn't able to be at Maggie's side and her mom would have to fill in as her support person. And that delivery came sooner than the family would have wanted.

On June 4th, doctors spotted a major complication: one baby had its umbilical cord wrapped around its neck, necessitating an emergency C-section. Hours later, Maggie welcomed baby Isabella, baby Nathaniel, and baby Adriel. Despite the tumultuous times leading up to their birth, the 32-weekers were healthy. They remain in the hospital's NICU as they grow.

Though it's been a rollercoaster of a journey for Maggie, she wanted to share her example to encourage other pregnant moms to take the virus seriously and get tested if they think they might be sick. "As a mom, you want control, but right now, you have to accept that you don't have control of everything, she said. "You have to let other people help you and remember you aren't alone. Look forward to each day and celebrate every small victory."

With three triplets and a happy big brother at home, we wish Maggie and her family—and any other moms dealing with the virus—many more of those victories.

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