A mother in the US died of COVID-19 before she ever got the chance to hold her newborn baby boy.
Michelle Stami, 37, from New Jersey, died on January 12 at a hospital in New Brunswick.
She’d given birth to her fourth child three weeks earlier but never had a chance to touch him, her distraught aunt Tina Stani told The New York Post.
“Her partner had taken a picture of the baby and showed it to her, but that’s all she got,” Tina said.
“It tore her up.
“She literally texted me that she was heartbroken, that she wished she could hold her baby.
“That’s all she wanted.”
Hit ‘hard and fast’
Michelle died of COVID-19 complications linked to pneumonia.
Tina said she was unsure if her niece had been vaccinated.
Baby Jayden was born on December 23 , but because Michelle was COVID-positive, she was isolated from him.
Tina said the virus hit Michelle “hard and fast.”
Her other children were having trouble accepting that their mum was gone, she added.
Tina said the family was “very, very close.”
Now, the family has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for Michelle’s children.
‘Her partner had taken a picture of the baby and showed it to her, but that’s all she got’ – Tina Stani
“Michelle was such a beautiful soul – so strong and loving – and she leaves behind four beautiful children: Samantha, 19, Noah, four, Jordan, 11 months, and Jayden, three weeks, who will need to help with covering the costs of childcare and education,” the fundraising statement reads.
As of Thursday, the fundraiser had already surpassed $AU50,000.
“The incredible outpouring of love shows how many people she impacted,” Tina said.
“She was special. We know she’s in heaven.
“We’re going to grieve and help this family — how could you not?”