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Locked-down complex welcomes newborn

A WOMAN from the quarantined Xinyuanxiyuan residential complex in the Pudong New Area delivered a baby on Wednesday at the south branch of the Shanghai East Hospital.

The complex is under lockdown since Monday after a resident was confirmed with COVID-19.

The woman, surnamed Xie, who was 40 weeks pregnant, was rushed to the hospital in a “close-loop mode” after reporting abdominal pain during the quarantine period.

The baby, a boy, was delivered at 3:10pm on Wednesday and weighed 3.3 kilograms. Both the mother and the child are healthy.

A nervous Xie kept crying but calmed down after the obstetrical department director told her the baby was stable. Xie was initially kept in a fever clinic as she came from a quarantined area. She was moved to an isolated maternity ward later.

“Before transferring her to the ward, the staff cleaned the ward with hydrogen peroxide instead of common disinfectants as the baby was supposed to stay in the same room with the mother. Disinfectants usually contain chlorine which could have been harmful to the baby,” said Bao Huan, director of the medical department of the hospital.

“We were relieved after the successful delivery. We did not have much experience in dealing with such situations.”

Xie said she was nervous because she was not familiar with the hospital. She did her prenatal tests at another hospital.

“Nurses were very considerate and kept chatting and comforting me,” she said. “This is an unforgettable moment for my family due to the epidemic.”

The delivery process was smooth and took about three hours. After being under observation for 24 hours, Xie and the newborn were transferred home yesterday.

The Xinyuanxiyuan residential complex has several pregnant women. All of them were relieved after learning about Xie’s smooth delivery.

“Behind the successful delivery lies many people’s devotion. The baby’s first cry was like bright sunshine, warming all of us,” said Bao.


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