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Meet Peyton – The Newborn Fighter Who Survived Coronavirus

by Kloe Forster

We had to share this amazing inspirational story with you.

Peyton Maguire was born prematurely and weighed only 3lbs 5oz (1.5kg). The precious newborn, was then diagnosed with Covid-19 at just three weeks old.

Peyton has been described as an ‘absolute fighter’ by her mum Tracey Maguire after battling with coronavirus.

Despite feeling throughout her pregnancy healthy, Tracy was told she may have pre-eclampsia during a routine appointment and was sent straight to Wishaw General Hospital in Lanarkshire.

It was there that on the 26th of March – eight weeks before her due date – little Peyton made her arrival into this world.

Her mum said as much as this ‘didn’t go as planned, she is perfect in every single way and they couldn’t be luckier for that.’

NHS Lanarkshire shared an update on their social media:

Three-week-old baby Peyton, thought to be Scotland’s youngest COVID-19 patient, has recovered from the virus and is…

Posted by NHS Lanarkshire on Tuesday, 21 April 2020

NHS Lanarkshire posted an update on their Facebook page which said:

“Three-week-old baby Peyton, thought to be Scotland’s youngest COVID-19 patient, has recovered from the virus and is finally home, thanks to the dedicated care of NHS Lanarkshire staff.

Peyton, who was born eight weeks premature on 26 March, was delivered by c-section after mum Tracy Maguire was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a condition that affects pregnant women, following an appointment with her midwife.

The tot was being cared for in an incubator in Wishaw’s neonatal unit when Tracy (27) and husband AJ were told on 15 April that their 3lbs 11oz baby had tested positive for COVID-19, despite having none of the tell-tale symptoms of the condition.

Tracy said: “When I heard Peyton had coronavirus I was sobbing and really worried about how it could affect her respiratory system, her lungs and if it was life threatening. She’d had a sniffle, which is why they’d tested her for a range of viruses including COVID-19.

“We were told we’d have to stay away from Peyton for 14 days and isolate at home but I pleaded not to be apart from my baby for that long. The staff kindly agreed I could to isolate with her in the hospital while AJ stayed at home.

“Watching the staff at work was incredible. They put their lives at risk to make sure my baby was getting fed and cuddled. Even wearing their PPE, they were determined to hold her. Peyton is the most precious person in the world to me and it shows the trust I had in the midwives and the other staff that I put her care in their hands – because that is that they are trained to do.

“My message to any mums-to-be is that they shouldn’t be worried about going into hospital to give birth because the staff know exactly what they need to do to protect everyone from the virus. And if people have symptoms of a serious health problem, like I did, they shouldn’t be scared to go to hospital and get checked out because just leaving it could make their condition worse.”

Following two negative coronavirus tests, Peyton was able to leave the hospital yesterday and is now at home in Bellshill in North Lanarkshire with Tracy, a digital marketing student, and AJ (28), a personal trainer and boxing coach.

Tracy added: “Only someone who has been in our position can understand the gratitude we feel towards the hospital staff.”

Tracy said: “They are doing a job that is unreal – they put their life at risk to make sure my baby was getting fed and cuddled in their full PPE.

“It’s spectacular, you’ll never understand how grateful you can be to people. Peyton is my most precious thing in the whole world and I trusted them to look after her.

“To any mums that are worried, put your trust in these nurses.”

Thanks to our amazing NHS for all of their hard work and thanks to Tracy and AJ for sharing Peyton’s inspirational story.

all image credits: Tracy Maguire/Facebook


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