‘Heartbroken’ new mum, 33, never got to hold baby before she died of coronavirus

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A mum who died after contracting coronavirus "never got to hold her newborn baby," according to her devastated family.

Vanessa Cardenas Gonzalez, 33, died from coronavirus complications and was not able to hold her new born baby daughter.

The heartbroken mum became ill in November and was diagnosed a few days later with the deadly bug.

She was in the later stages of pregnancy when she tested positive for Covid-19.

After Vanessa gave birth to her daughter, Heaven, on November 9, the pair, from the US city of Whittier, California, were deemed well enough to go home and were released from hospital.

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But Vanessa was told to self-isolate and her husband Alfonso refused to let her hold their baby because she was still infected with coronavirus and he feared she would pass it on to the newborn.

Speaking to Fox Television Stations, heartbroken Alfonso said he had told his wife of 13 years: "That can’t happen.

"I’m sorry but you know the baby needs to be separated right now.

"We need to take precautions."

He added: "She was broken. She was shattered.

"I would show the baby on FaceTime and it would just break her.

"It would break her because she just wanted to hold the baby."

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Alfonso said he had told his wife not to worry and that she would win her fight with Covid-19.

But her condition took a turn for the worse and she suffered a heart attack within 48 hours of giving birth, reports The Mirror.

The mum-of-three, who had two young sons before giving birth to her daughter, returned to the hospital on November 11 and died on December 14 after more than a month fighting for life.

Grieving Alfonso has now urged people to take coronavirus seriously and take precautions – such as wearing a face mask – to avoid catching the disease and passing it on to others.

Alfonso is now raising their three children alone.

He plans to hold on to Vanessa's personal belongings and give them to Heaven when she is older.

He said is finds comfort in the name that Vanessa gave to their daughter.

Alfonso told USA Today: “The name is prophetic of what was about to happen to mum.

"Mum was about to go to heaven.”

Family friend Desiree Vera has set up a GoFundMe page to support the Gonzalez family. It so far has raised more than $42,000 (£31,200).

The page states: "It is with a broken heart that we announce the passing of a wife, loving mother, daughter and friend Vanessa Cardenas Gonzalez.

"Vanessa tested positive for Covid-19 a few days before she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Heaven Leigh.

"She was not able to hold her or have any contact with her first baby girl (whom she was very excited to meet).

"She was sent home and given instructions to quarantine from the baby and her family only to see her baby on FaceTime.

"The next morning Vanessa was rushed to the hospital where she suffered a heart attack causing brain injury. She spent her last days on a ventilator at UCLA.

"Her husband Alfonso Gonzalez and her three children (Ruben 11, Joshua 7, and baby Heaven 1 month) are asking for your financial support to giver her a proper celebration of life service and for whatever else is needed.

"They also ask that you keep them in your prays during such a difficult time."

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