Tinsukia: In a display of exemplary determination, a 21-year-old COVID-positive woman from Assam appeared online for her BA fourth-semester examination from a hospital, on a day her newborn baby was being treated at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for some infection.
“On Thursday, a rare act of determination was shown by a young COVID-positive mother when she appeared online for her semester examinations from the COVID-19 ward of our hospital,” Surajit Barua, deputy superintendent of Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh, told EastMojo, adding: “She is delighted as the paper met her expectations.”
According to Barua, for a young mother and a COVID-19 patient, whose infant is admitted in the NICU and fighting for her life, such a courage is an extraordinary one and an “inspirational story” for the world which has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The women, hailing from Narayanpur in Lakhimpur district of Assam, is pursuing English Honours from Dibrugarh University. She tested positive for COVID-19 on July 10.
“She gave birth to a girl child during Cesarean section performed at a private hospital in Lakhimpur almost 23 days ago. However, four days later, she came to AMCH for her child’s treatment who had developed some infections,” Barua said, adding: “Though the baby tested negative for COVID-19, her mother somehow acquired the virus six days ago during her stay with the baby.”
Barua said that the mother was immediately shifted to the COVID-19 ward of AMCH while her baby initially was on ventilator. “Doctors have been successful in removing the baby from ventilator, but she continues to remain critical.”
She initially didn’t think of writing the exam because she didn’t have the necessary environment and materials. “However, when the mother expressed her willingness to appear for the examinations, the team of doctors and hospital management gave the much-needed support and made it possible,” added Barua.
The woman, said to be busy preparing for her next papers, will again sit for the online examination on Friday.