A Muskogee woman said getting a monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID saved her life. But Mary Mackey said it is too late for her daughter, Rosemarie, who has been in a coma in the hospital for a month with COVID-19, after giving birth.
Baby Myah is just a few weeks old; she was born on August 11th.
Her mother, Rosemarie, walked into the hospital the day before, to have her baby early because the family said the baby had fluid on her brain.
Myah's grandma, Mary, said Myah is a healthy baby today, and doing just fine. But Rosemarie is still in the hospital. Mary said Rosemarie found out she had COVID after getting to the hospital.
"She got to hold her one day and feed her and change her in the hospital,” Mary said.
Five days after Myah was born, Mary said Rosemarie was put on a ventilator. She has been in a coma ever since. Mary said Rosemarie wanted to get vaccinated, but decided to wait.
"She wanted Myah to be born and she was gonna get it. And she missed it by a couple days,” Mary said.
Mary, who also said she is not vaccinated, got COVID-19 too. But she has made a comeback, after qualifying for an antibody treatment at Tulsa ER & Hospital. She said she received Regeneron.
"I believe it saved my life and I think it could have saved her life, too,” Mary said.
Dr. Mark Blubaugh at Tulsa ER and Hospital said the antibody treatments are saving lives but said ultimately, the vaccine will give people the best protection.
"Getting the antibody infusion does not give you immunity. It's a quick fix, hopefully it prevents you from getting worse and having to be hospitalized but does nothing for your long-term immunity,” Dr. Blubaugh said.
Rosemarie's family said she is an organ donor, and they are believing for a miracle.
“If the miracle isn't for her….we hope that miracle goes to somebody else,” Mary said.
Not everyone qualifies for antibody treatments. Health experts said they are for high-risk patients who have COVID-19, are not in the hospital, and in their first 10 days of symptoms.
The family said they are sharing their story to raise awareness about antibody treatments and said if you feel sick and think you might qualify, do not wait to seek help.