A 1st In Israel: Fetus Dies After Contracting COVID-19 In Utero

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Illustrative. A maternity department for COVID patients at Ichilov Hospital (Ichilov spokesperson)

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A 29-year-old mother in Israel gave birth to a stillborn after contracting the coronavirus, with doctors saying the fetus was confirmed to have contracted the virus and died as a result.

This is the first case of a stillborn that was attributed solely to the coronavirus since tests previously performed during the pregnancy showed that the fetus was healthy.

The woman, a resident of southern Israel who was 25 weeks pregnant, went to her doctor after noticing a lack of fetal movement. The doctor ordered her to be transferred immediately to Assuta Hospital in Ashdod, where her baby was delivered stillborn.

It was the woman’s third pregnancy and tests showed that everything was normal until that point. After contracting the coronavirus, the woman ran a fever, several days before she lost the baby.

Dr. Tal Brosh, head of the Infectious Disease Department at Assuta, said this was a rare case, Ynet reported.

“We rarely see fetuses infected by COVID-19,” he said. “There are few such recorded cases in the world, with some reported in Brazil. We has three COVID patients who had stillborns but the fetuses weren’t infected.”

Brosh warned that pregnant women are at high risk for COVID-19 complications. “The virus can pass to the fetus and cause its death. If the mother had been vaccinated in the first or second trimester, this could have been avoided,” he said sadly.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


7 COMMENTS

  1. “Fetus” ?? This is the scientific term the pro-termination people call babies in the womb. It’s quite upsetting to see the word in a frum publication. I didn’t like typing it but needs must. Please remove it.

  2. To be clear, when they (docs, academics, pro-terminationists) use the word fetus, they are doing so in the context of their false argument that the baby is purely a physical object and has no neshama or soul. (This comment is just an FYI and should be removed. Thanks).

  3. Dictionary definition I just looked up: Fetus = “the unborn offspring of an animal “. The pro terminationists prefer to look at things this way, namely, saying that humans are just sophisticated animals, in order to justify their doing. So the word is prolematic on many levels. I’ll stop now BN!

  4. Fetus is a scientific term used by medical professionals, it can refer to a developing animal or human baby, has nothing to do with abortion AT ALL.
    “Definition of fetus: an unborn or unhatched vertebrate especially after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind [specifically : a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth]”

  5. SaraZippora maybe think about how your comments reflect on your priorities. How about having rachmones and talk about the tragedy?!? Instead you talk about your agenda…

  6. SaraZippora – I checked three (3) major dictionaries (Oxford, Merriam Webster, Collins). NONE of them defined ‘Fetus’ the way you did. ALL included a stage of human development in the womb. The description is purely biological. It has no moral/philosophical/theological/ideological meaning.