- A single mother who contracted COVID-19 said her children became her strength throughout her journey to recovery
- Aside from this, she received an experimental mesenchymal stem cell treatment that she believes helped improve her critical condition
- She is now discharged from the hospital and reunited with her children
A single mother working at the Miami Cancer Institute who contracted COVID-19 narrated how she drew strength from her children aged 8 and 5 when she started to be critically ill.
Ruthie Ramirez tested positive for the virus on April 7 and from then, her condition did not become better – she even had to be placed on ventilator. Despite the difficulties, she knew she had no other option but to recover because her kids need her.
“They are the reason I get up in the morning. I sat there and I thought, I am all that they have, I have to keep pushing,” Good Morning America quoted Ramirez as saying.
She admitted feeling so many emotions just thinking about what will happen to her kids if she loses her battle against COVID-19. “I was so worried about what would happen to my kids if I was not around and I wanted to do whatever I could to get back to them,” Ramirez added.
Her physician recommended the use of the experimental mesenchymal stem cell treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Ramirez claimed that as soon as she received the treatment, her condition started to improve. “The treatment saved my life and I am so grateful to the entire medical staff,” she said.
Miami Cancer Institute told ABC News that mesenchymal stem cells from the umbilical cord’s lining are known “for its ability to reduce severe lung inflammation.”
She received a warm welcome from her kids and loved ones when she was finally discharged.
“My body was exhausted but it felt so good. Just seeing them was awesome,” Ramirez shared.