Mom Who Came off Life Support to Meet 7-Week-Old Son Reunites With Family for Christmas

Mom who came off life support to meet 7-week-old son reunites with family for Christmas

Indiana mom Autumn Carver had a long road to meeting her third child, but that made the reunion all the sweeter. Now, after nearly 100 days in the hospital, she is home for Christmas with her family — something that seemed highly unlikely just a few months ago.

Autumn caught COVID and had to be hospitalized in August when she was pregnant with her son, Huxley. Unfortunately, she had to be put on a ventilator, and doctors delivered Huxley by C-section at 33 weeks. Autumn’s condition continued to worsen and she was put on an ECMO machine, which is a form of life support. Her prognosis was not good, and doctors thought that if she did survive, she would likely need a double lung transplant.

“When we took on Autumn, the probability was pretty low that she would get better because she had been on the ventilator and ECMO for an extended period of time,” Dr. Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery at Northwestern Medicine told reunite. “If you need ECMO for over a month, your probability of coming off without something like a lung transplant is less than 5 percent.”

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