A four-month-old Egyptian baby girl has become the youngest patient to make a full recovery from Covid-19 at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai. The baby, who had been in isolation at the hospital for the past three weeks along with her mother and toddler sibling, has now been able to leave the hospital after her third negative Covid-19 test.

The four-month-old was admitted to Al Zahra Hospital Dubai in the third week of April, after being confirmed as Covid-19 positive. The parents took her for testing after their oldest child, a 15-year-old son, tested positive for the virus. The baby was running a slight fever and started coughing, the same symptoms experienced by her 15-year-old brother. However, the mother, father and middle sibling all tested negative for the virus.

 “We were really worried as baby T.M is only 4 months old and we knew she had to be placed in isolation,” says the baby’s mother.  “However they allowed me to stay with her and with my three-year old toddler at the hospital. It is a frightening thing for a parent to have their children infected with Covid-19. But the hospital staff has been very helpful in putting us at ease and supporting us through the recovery journey.”

Dr Yasser El Nakhlawi, American Board-Certified Pediatrics Consultant and the treating doctor of the patient said: “The baby came in with mild symptoms and remained in stable condition throughout her stay in the hospital. At the beginning of the outbreak, it seemed that the number of infected children was not high. However, we now see an increase in the number of children with Covid-19. At this point it is believed that children are at the same risk of acquiring the Covid-19 virus as adults, but luckily their symptoms are milder” he added.

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