A baby born to a mother on a ventilator is the only survivor of a family wiped out by Covid-19.
The boy’s mother gave birth to him when she was lying on her deathbed, attached to a ventilator in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Svetlana Sorochinskaya, 36, is said to have contracted coronavirus while visiting her father Kirey Pinchin, 64, in a hospital where he had undergone heart surgery.
He died of Covid-19 on November 5, eight days after he was released from hospital.
At the time of his death, Svetlana wrote: “My father … you were the best and nicest man in this world
“I will love you forever.
“You haven’t had enough time to see your grandson.”
A short time later, Svetlana went to a maternity hospital for delivery, but when her Covid-19 was confirmed she was taken to a leading infectious disease hospital.
Three days after being admitted to the dental clinic manager, she gave birth to her son six weeks early while on a ventilator.
The child was named Kirey after their late father.
Svetlana died hours after giving birth.
Before the young mother lost her life, her mother Vera had also become seriously ill.
When she came to the hospital for treatment on November 2, there were no beds available, according to Svetlana’s cousin Larisa Kachkaeva.
“She was told she was lying on the floor in the corridor,” said the cousin.
Ten days after her hospital stay, 62-year-old Vera died.
The three deaths sparked a custody battle over baby Kirey.
The divorced Svetlana had refused to name the father of her long-awaited child.
The baby, who is being cared for in the hospital, is now the only heir to her precious estate in St. Petersburg, which includes two apartments.
One man identified only as M has claimed he is the boy’s father and is being subjected to a DNA test.
Larisa also offered to adopt and raise the child.
The cousin claims that Svetlana denied that M was the father before her death and only said that he was a colleague.
She told the Fontanka news agency: “Svetlana said he was not the child’s father.
“We are waiting for the result of the DNA analysis and the court will decide.”
Today Russa reported 26,338 new Covid-19 cases, including 6,511 in Moscow and 3,691 in St. Petersburg, bringing the national total since the start of the pandemic to 2,295,654 cases.
Authorities also announced 368 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 39,895.
Various sources have cast doubts about the numbers, suggesting that the actual totals are significantly higher.