Doctors in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang have successfully performed a cesarean section on a pregnant woman who is infected with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Both the mother and her baby girl were in stable health conditions, doctors at the Hoa Vang makeshift hospital for COVID-19 treatment confirmed on Saturday evening.
The patient, 35-year-old N.T.N.A. who resides in Lien Chieu District, Da Nang, was 37 weeks pregnant.
Doctors at the Hoa Vang makeshift hospital, where A. is being treated for the disease, coordinated with medical staff from the Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children to help the patient give birth by C-section.
The pregnant woman was in normal health conditions and could have delivered her baby the conventional way.
As she is a COVID-19 patient, doctors decided to perform the surgical procedure to ensure safety for both the mother and her baby.
A. tested positive for the novel coronavirus and became the country’s patient No.569 on August 1, when she was 35 weeks pregnant.
She was among Vietnam’s two pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19.
The other woman is patient No. 495, who is 13 weeks pregnant.
The Ministry of Health previously asked the Da Nang health department to draw up a plan for care and treatment for pregnant women with COVID-19 and their babies.
The plan must include preparations for both normal and cesarean delivery, care for the newborns, and any complications during the follow-up and treatment process.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally has hit 951, with 447 having recovered and 24 fatalities as of Sunday afternoon.
A total of 477 local infections have been documented since July 25, when the country recorded the first local case after 99 days of no transmission in the community.