Ebola Infection of the Newborn

Majid Ali, M.D.

Toxemia of pregnancy creates clotting-unclotting equilibrium. Viral infections during pregnancy increases the risk of toxemia.

It was entirely predictable that some babies would be prematurely delivered by their moms dying of Ebola infection. Below I reproduce some text from a heart-rending account of one such story from The New York Times of October 10, 2010:

No one touched the tiny girl, aside from the grandparents holding her. No one at the center had any experience in dealing with babies in the Ebola crisis, nor could they fully evaluate the dangers. They were caregivers, after all, at a place of last resort. In a country devastated by a terrible disease, where the fear of it is pervasive, what do you do with a vulnerable infant?

Diana was still being fed through the syringe and seemed to be doing well. But on Tuesday night she cried and did not sleep. On Wednesday morning, the formula seemed to stick in her throat. She vomited and breathed hard for a while, the grandparents reported. Then she died.

The smell of chlorine hung in the air. In a blizzard of spades, four men quickly filled the small hole, then tapped a marker — “In Loving Memory of Diana Dormeyan,” it said in handwritten letters — into the soft earth. Mr. Yarkpawolo wiped his face. “Thank you, man,” he said to a worker. “O.K., Pop,” the man replied. The New York Times October 10, 2014


Diana was still being fed through the syringe and seemed to be doing well. But on Tuesday night she cried and did not sleep. On Wednesday morning, the formula seemed to stick in her throat. She vomited and breathed hard for a while, the grandparents reported. Then she died.

The New York Times October 10, 2014

    

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