A baby born to a mother on a ventilator is the sole survivor of a family wiped out by Covid-19.
The boy’s mother gave birth to him while she was on her deathbed attached to a fan in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Svetlana Sorochinskaya, 36, is said to have contracted coronavirus while visiting her father Kirey Pinchin, 64, in the hospital where he had heart surgery.
He died of Covid-19 on November 5, eight days after he was released from hospital.
At the time of his death, Svetlana posted, “My father … you were the best, nicest man in the world
“I will always love you.
“You didn’t have enough time to see your grandson.”
A short time later, Svetlana went to a maternity hospital to give birth, but when her Covid-19 was confirmed, she was sent to a leading infectious disease hospital.
Three days after the dental clinic administrator was admitted, she gave birth to her son six weeks early while attached to a ventilator.
The child’s name was Kirey, after her late father.
Hours after giving birth, Svetlana died.
Before the new mother lost her life, her mother Vera had also become seriously ill.
When she arrived at the hospital for treatment on November 2, Svetlana’s cousin Larisa Kachkaeva said there were no beds available.
“She was told ‘lie on the floor in the hallway,'” said the cousin.
Ten days after going to the hospital, Vera, 62, died.
The three deaths lead to a custody battle over baby Kirey.
Divorcee Svetlana had refused to name the father of her long-awaited child.
The baby – who is being hospitalized – is now the sole heir to her valuable St Petersburg estate, which includes two apartments.
A man identified only as M claims to be the boy’s father and will undergo DNA testing.
Larisa has also offered to adopt and raise the child.
The cousin claims that before her death, Svetlana denied that M was the father, saying only that he was a colleague.
She told the Fontanka news outlet: “Svetlana had said he was not the child’s father.
“We await the result of the DNA analysis and the court will decide.”
Today, Russa reported 26,338 new Covid-19 cases, including 6,511 in Moscow and 3,691 in St. Petersburg, bringing the national total to 2,295,654 cases since the pandemic began.
Authorities also announced 368 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 39,895.
Several sources have expressed doubts about the numbers, suggesting that the actual totals are significantly higher.