Samoa’s Youngest Covid Case Still Fighting in ICU

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Thursday 14 April 2022, Apia Samoa.  Samoa’s youngest ICU admitted Covid-19 patient, a 14-month-old baby girl being uplifted in prayer this week, is still fighting at the Intensive Care Unit of Isolation Ward 1 at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital at Motootua.

Baby was treated with a collapsed lung from complications of a chest infection, further complicated by being covid-positive.

Last week, Acting Director General of Health Dr Glen Fatupaito told Samoa Global News that one of the ICU patients was a 14-month-old baby in critical condition on ventilatory support. This week, Dr Fatupaito was unable to provide information and updates, as the Director General for Health, Dr Leausa Take Naseri, had returned to work.

A reliable source within the hospital has been able to confirm that baby was taken off the ventilator on Tuesday afternoon, and this morning, she is doing better. “She still needs ICU support for her chest infection but so far she’s still fighting.”

On Sunday, a flood of well wishes and earnest prayers of healing came in from across the country and the globe, as Samoa’s youngest covid-case was uplifted to God for healing.

Samoa’s latest Covid-19 update report from the Ministry of Health, issued on Tuesday 12 April presented numbers as at Sunday 10 April 2022 as 4,029 community cases and 9 covid-related deaths, with three patients in ICU.

No update has been received since Tuesday, however, the NEOC will be holding an online press conference at 2pm today, Thursday 14th April.