A few months after his birth, Dom was diagnosed with Covid-19 at the Pro-Cardiaco hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
He spent 54 days in the hospital – 32 were in the induced coma, and Dom’s father, Wagner Andrade, was tied to a ventilator in a statement to CNN.
“He had difficulty breathing, so doctors thought it was a bacterial infection,” he said. “But the medicine didn’t work and got worse. Then me and my wife decided to take her to a second hospital and they tested it. It’s coronavirus.”
How Dom is transmitted by coronavirus remains unclear. According to Andrade, he may have been exposed during a relative’s home visit.
“My wife noticed this noise at the end of her breath,” he said. “We called several doctors and one of them told us to record a video. After seeing it, he ordered us to take him to the hospital immediately.”
Andrade and his wife Viviane Monteiro say Dom’s recovery is a “miracle”.
“I felt relieved first, and then felt an indescribable happiness,” Andrade said. “We wanted to take him back home for more than 50 days.”
Dom will celebrate his 6-month birthday at home on June 14 with his family, almost surrounded by relatives.
According to data from the country’s ministry of health, Brazil reported at least 25 Covid-19-related deaths among babies under 12 months old.
Last week, Latin America became the epicenter of the global epidemic. With 465,166 virus cases and 27,878 deaths, Brazil is the toughest hit country in the region, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
CNN’s Tatiana Arias wrote in Atlanta, and journalist Rodrigo Pedroso reported in Sao Paulo, Brazil.