Five-month-old baby survives coronavirus after 32 days in coma

WION Web Team Brasilia, Brazil May 31, 2020, 05.46 PM(IST)

Dom, the Brazilian baby who survived coronavirus (Pic credit: CNN) Photograph:( WION )

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A few months after he was born, Dom was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Pro-Cardiaco hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

After spending a month in coma, Dom, a Brazilian baby, will now celebrate his 6-month birthday -- all hale and hearty. He had been suffering from COVID-19.

A few months after he was born, Dom was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Pro-Cardiaco hospital in Rio de Janeiro.

He spent 54 days in the hospital -- 32 of them in an induced coma and connected to a ventilator.

Dom's father, Wagner Andrade, told CNN: "He had some difficulty breathing so the doctors thought it was a bacterial infection. But the medication didn't work and he got worse. Then me and my wife decided to take him to a second hospital and they tested him. It was coronavirus."

It's said he may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus during a visit to a relative's home.

Andrade and his wife, Viviane Monteiro, say it was a "miracle" that Dom recovered.

Dom will celebrate his 6-month birthday on June 14 at home with his parents, surrounded virtually by relatives.

In the last week, Latin America has become the epicenter of the global pandemic. With 465,166 confirmed cases of the virus and 27,878 deaths, Brazil is the hardest hit country in the region.

The country has reported at least 25 coronavirus-related deaths among babies up to 12 months of age.