There’s nothing quite like a mother’s bond.
While the Coronavirus pandemic has brought its fair share of tragedy, hospitals across the country are also seeing stories of hope, survival and inspiration.
It certainly was the case at Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital in Suffolk County, New York when doctors, nurses and staff members celebrated a major milestone for one COVID-19 patient this week.
When 36-year-old Yanira Soriano first entered the hospital earlier this month, she was diagnosed with COVID-19 pneumonia and was put on a ventilator before she had an emergency C-section 34 weeks into her pregnancy.
Fast-forward to this week when Yanira was healthy enough to experience a special moment. Oh yes, she was able to meet her son for the very first time nearly 12 days after giving birth.
In video obtained by E! News, cameras rolled as the new mom was greeted with applause from dozens upon dozens of hospital staff while being wheeled out of the hospital.
And if you’re crying: Trust us, you are not alone.
Cameras also captured the moment Yanira was able to hold her son in her lap. For those wondering, the little guy is named Walter.
“Thanks to Dr. Benjamin Schwartz and Donna Moravick for the video and thanks to everyone at @NorthWell_EM Southside Hospital for the amazing work you do!!!” CNN’s Jake Tapper wrote on Twitter after helping make the story go viral. “Congratulations Yanira and Walter and family!!!”
As the family heads hope together, Dr. Benjamin summed up the experience best.
“It was a great day for us,” he shared. “It’s an incredibly proud moment for Southside Hospital and the entire team that works here. It takes many, many people over many many shifts to provide the level of care this patient needed…and the fact that this mom not only survived but was able to get out of her wheelchair and walk into her car and hold her baby gives us all incredible hope for future patients and our existing patients.”