A pregnant nurse in Massachusetts with COVID-19 is isolated at home with her 3-year-old son as her husband remains in a medically induced coma with the virus, according to a report.
Urszula Osborne, a 41-year-old cardiac surgery nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, was recovering Thursday at her Quincy apartment as her husband, Ray Osborne, remained on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma at the hospital, the Boston Globe reports.
Osborne, who is nearly 8 months pregnant, was diagnosed with coronavirus last week after an initial screening came back negative despite symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath and mild pneumonia.
The expectant mother, who is also at home with the couple’s 3-year-old son, Sebastian, was so sick Wednesday that she had even had difficulty speaking, she said.
“I’m still very weak,” Osborne wrote in a text message. “I can’t eat much, I’m forcing myself to drink. I started taking high calorie shakes because I’m worried about the baby. The cough is so bad it makes you want to vomit.”
It’s unclear where the couple of 11 years picked up the virus, but Osborne suggested she got it while riding public transportation to her job. They soon suspected they had contracted the disease, but only Urszula Osborne was able to get tested initially since she was pregnant and worked in health care, she said.
One week later, Ray Osborne had to be rushed to a hospital with shortness of breath and subsequently tested positive, his wife said.
“I felt scared and helpless,” Osborne told the Globe. “I was so confused about what was going on, I, myself, was so weak I couldn’t function. Just to sleep and feed my child were my two priorities after they took Ray away. And it’s been like that ever since.”
A message seeking comment from Osborne early Friday was not immediately returned.
Osborne got a bit of good news late Thursday, however, upon learning of a new hospital policy will allow employees with COVID-19 to stay at home while being paid without using time off.
Ray Osborne, a restaurant manager at Buttermilk & Bourbon in Back Bay, has also been kept on his company’s payroll despite the entire staff being laid off, allowing his wife to focus on his recovery for now, the Globe reports.
“I’m obviously worried about Ray, I want him to get better but they keep telling me they can’t make any promise and to take it day by day,” Urszula Osborne told the newspaper. “I’m worried Ray will not be there when the baby is born … I’m just so exhausted.”