A mom holds her 6-week-old baby for the first time after fighting coronavirus

Isabel Gonzalez held her 6-week-old daughter for the first time on Tuesday after she survived a coronavirus infection and was released from the hospital.


A Massachusetts woman was finally able to hold her 6-week-old daughter for the first time after a coronavirus infection kept them separated for weeks.

Isabel Gonzalez, of Chelsea, was pregnant with her daughter, Victoria, when she was admitted to a hospital on March 30 with severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Doctors delivered Victoria via emergency C-section and immediately took her away to help protect the baby from becoming infected with the coronavirus.

"She called me that morning. I remember the exact time, 5 a.m., and she was really devastated," said Gonzalez's aunt, Marina Gonzalez.

For the past six weeks, a family member has cared for Victoria while Gonzalez recovered from COVID-19.

"She fortunately was FaceTiming with her family a lot, so she motivated herself that way to keep on going," said Christina Palmieri, a nurse practitioner who helped care for Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was released from the Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care in Cambridge on Tuesday, and was able to hold her daughter for the first time when she was wheeled out the front door of the hospital.

"I am very, very thankful to God for holding her," Gonzalez said through a translator.

Family, friends and hospital workers were there to witness the emotional reunion.

Because visitors have been barred from Massachusetts hospitals, Gonzalez was also reunited with her husband and her two older children on Tuesday.

The family of five is now back home together in Chelsea for the first time in weeks.