A Singapore mom who had beaten COVID-19 reportedly gave birth to a baby boy with COVID-19 antibodies earlier this month.
Celine Ng-Chan, 31, was infected with COVID-19 while pregnant. Her child, named Aldrin, was not only born free of the virus but also possessing antibodies against COVID-19, his pediatrician says.
"It's very interesting. His pediatrician said my Covid-19 antibodies are gone but Aldrin has Covid-19 antibodies," Ng-Chan explained.
"My doctor suspects I have transferred my Covid-19 antibodies to him during my pregnancy," she continued.
Ng-Chan, her mother and her daughter all reportedly contracted the coronavirus after returning from a trip to Europe in March. Ng-Chan was 10 weeks pregnant at the time of her diagnosis.
"I wasn't worried that Aldrin would get Covid-19 as I read that the transmission risk (from mother to the fetus) is very low," Ng-Chan said.
Ng-Chan's 58-year-old mother, Madam Choy Wai Chee, almost became a fatality of the virus.
A spokesperson from the National University Hospital (NUH) says that all babies born to a mother who has recovered from COVID-19 are assessed by a special team of doctors. The spokesperson added that in Singapore, all of the mother-newborn pairs that fall into this category have tested negative thus far for the virus.
Ng-Chan says she is very grateful for her healthy newborn.
"My pregnancy and birth was smooth sailing despite being diagnosed with Covid-19 in my first trimester, which is the most unstable stage of the pregnancy. I'm very blessed to have Aldrin and he came out very healthy," she said.
"I feel relieved my Covid-19 journey is finally over now."