New mom battling COVID-19 passes days after giving birth


  • A Florida woman battling COVID-19 died early this month just days after giving birth.
  • Kristen McMullen, who had an emergency C-section weeks before her due date, was only able to hold her newborn “for a few short minutes.”
  • The 30-year-old was rushed to the ICU after giving birth and passed away after a few days.

A 30-year-old new mom in West Melbourne, Florida gave birth and then died shortly after due to COVID-19.

Kristen McMullen was only able to hold her newborn “for a few short minutes” after giving birth before being rushed to the ICU at Holmes Regional Medical Center. She only had virtual interactions with her baby, Summer, after that.

“She was able to watch on Facetime and take part in some of the baby being at home and things like that,” said McMullen’s aunt, Melissa Syverson.

Melissa and James Syverson, McMullen’s aunt and uncle, described their niece as active, healthy, and full of life.  The mom-to-be started having Covid-19 symptoms about three weeks prior to her due date. She was hospitalized just days later. 

McMullen underwent an emergency C-section on July 27, six days after being initially hospitalized for COVID-19. Her condition became more severe and she passed away on August 6.

While still grieving the loss of his wife and learning to be a new dad, Keith McMullen picked up a second job to help support his newborn daughter. 

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for the family by Melissa Syverson. The proceeds will help with medical expenses, funeral and other costs for baby Summer.

Photo Credit: GoFundMe

As donations flowed in for the family, a sad reality has been revealed.

“There are many tragedies that happen like this every day,” said the Syversons. “A lot of people have reached out to us saying their family member is in the same situation, but they’ve actually lost the baby — their sister or friend are fighting for their life.”

The Syverson couple said even while their niece was in the hospital, another pregnant woman suffered from heart failure due to the coronavirus. McMullen’s doctors believe she was infected with the Delta Variant. 

The family wants people to realize how risky covid can be, especially for pregnant women.

According to the Syversons, McMullen was a light to all around her. She had long dreamt of being a mother and was ecstatic when she found out she was pregnant after years of trying to conceive.

“She just went after life and she enjoyed every minute of it,” said the Syversons.

Source: Fox 13 News

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