Bryan mother loses unborn baby due to COVID-19

Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 1:05 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2021 at 5:27 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -The CDC released earlier this month new safety data regarding COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people.

The CDC now encourages pregnant people, breastfeeding parents, and those looking to become parents to get vaccinated.

“Yes there are unknowns but it gives us another option to protect mothers. We’re seeing a lot more severe cases of COVID with the delta strain” said Dr. Justin Gayle with Genesis OB/GYN. “I wouldn’t tell my patients to do something that I wouldn’t do for myself or my family.”

Bryan mother, Allison Hines says it’s information she wishes would have come out earlier during her pregnancy.

“Is it real? Is it fake? You see social media, you don’t know what’s true. There’s just so many factors that scared us in the beginning but now that we know that it is real and that we’ve had COVID we wish we would have taken better caution,” said Hines. ”Even though he was a healthy baby, I did everything I could to keep him healthy during the pregnancy, and here we are.”

Allison and her husband Cody lost their baby boy Deacon Anderson Hines at 37 weeks after they both contracted the virus just a week prior.

“Last year when COVID became a thing, me and Cody honestly didn’t think it was serious we just thought it was something that was made up,” said Hines. “Now that it has affected my family it’s real, it’s out there and we wish we would have protected ourselves more but with little to no research it was hard to make that decision.”

Dr. Gayle says this is just one of several COVID-related deaths he’s seen in patients.

“We have seen much more severe cases recently. We’ve had several maternal deaths, several fetal losses,” said Gayle. “This is a deadly strain of COVID. You have to take it seriously. It’s affecting younger people, it’s affecting mothers, it’s affecting babies.”

Gayle says they’re finding blood clotting is a cause of death in some unborn babies.

“COVID affects the placenta, sometimes it can cause calcification to the placenta. Sometimes it can cause clots to develop in the placenta in her [Hines] case there were certainly some suggestions there were clots both in the placenta and umbilical cord,” said Gayle.

Hines is hoping new information about the vaccine and pregnancy will encourage others to do research and help prevent her experience from happening to them.

“If we would have known weeks before we lost Deacon we probably would have gotten the vaccine, and even before I got COIVD we probably would have gotten the vaccine if we would have known more information,” said Hines. “Do research, ask your doctors, there’s no dumb question if you’re still not sure, go to your next doctor, get their advice.”

“Our job is to sit down, give the patient information, tell them where they can find resources, tell them these are the recommendations from our associations and governing bodies that make recommendations for women’s health care. They can go read the studies and the data and they make their own personal decision,” said Gayle.

The Hines family has been trying to get pregnant for years, undergoing special treatments like IVF.

“We’ve been trying and trying and when we finally got the positive pregnancy test I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been peeing on pregnancy tests my husband doesn’t even know about,” said Hines. “We’re going to end up trying again whenever I completely heal from my C-section and my doctor does want me to get vaccinated.”

Hines is carrying out Deacon’s legacy by helping other moms who are struggling with the loss of a child at birth.

Hines is taking donations to create weighted teddy bears that will be given to parents as a representation of their baby to leave the hospital with.

To learn more about that project click here.

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