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Thursday 5 May 2022 | Written by RNZ | Published in Regional, Samoa


Doctors declare ‘miracle’ as toddler survives covid, severe pneumonia
Photo: RNZ

Samoa's youngest Covid-19 patient to be hospitalised - a toddler who also had severe pneumonia - has been discharged from hospital in what is being described as a miracle.

Head paediatritian Papalii Kamu Tito said the girl has been taken home after being in an induced coma for five days.

A hospital in Apia.
A hospital in Apia. Photo: RNZ Pacific / Jenny Meyer

The toddler was fighting for her life in the intensive care unit (ICU) for over a week. Papalii and his team were not sure she would make it.

"She had Covid-19 and so that did not help with her condition as she suffered from severe pneumonia, we had to put her in a coma to allow her body to heal. She was in a critical condition. It is a miracle she is alive," said Papali'i.

Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs, causing cough, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause the disease.

Papali'i acknowledged the assistance of New Zealand paediatric specialist, Fiona Miles, for coming to Samoa's aid and offering treatment suggestions.

"I want to thank Dr Miles, her input assisted in the treatment of the baby. Aside from the treatment, we prayed for her to survive and God answered our prayers through medicinal expertise," said Papalii.

One more covid death in Samoa

Samoa's Ministry of Health reported that one more person has died from Covid-19 related causes.

The ministry says the deceased was a 91-year-old woman with comorbidities and was unvaccinated.

The number of Covid-19 related deaths since March now stands at 20.

The Ministry of Health also reported 618 new positive cases.

Of these 618 cases, 615 are community cases and three new cases were detected at the border.

The total number of confirmed cumulative positive cases both in the community and at the border is 10,210.