Natalia Pasadena, Jessica, United States discussed on BBC Newshour


This is Jason and has been used her life from the BBC. More than a year into the pandemic. The number of covert related deaths in Brazil is now as high as it's ever. Bean nearly 3000 people every day at the moment. But even more shocking is the number of babies who have died since the start of the outbreak. 1300 babies under the age of one Being recorded is dying from Cove in 19. BBC. Brazil's Natalia Pasadena is being given access to one pediatric intensive care unit in the northeast of the country. And then Dr Syn, Attica, NATO gently lays her hands on the defense head. Cradles her tiny frame, rubs her belly and tickles her toes. With no visits allowed due to the fear of infection. It's the doctors and nurses who offer comfort to these critically ill Children. All of whom are fighting covert 19. There's civil Mason is off you, Pamela. It's been an immense challenge working in the ICU without any parents being able to visit. It's just words exchanged over the phone. It's so hard for them to understand how their child's case could have become critical. And in some cases, unfortunately, the child might die. Doctors in Attica NATO is a pediatrician at Albert Saving Hospital in the northeast of Brazil. Together with her colleagues, she was determined to help families maintain some form of contact with their Children. The explosive you project been able to connect these families by a video the staff got together. Brought tablets and phones. Then we started to make video calls from inside of the ICU so as to allow at least some contact with the Children. Lucas was just one when he contracted the virus. After showing signs of a fever and breathing difficulties. Jessica his mom took him to the hospital worried she asked for a covert test. You know that? The doctor said, My dear, Don't worry, there's no need for a covert test. It's probably just a minor sore throat. Weeks later, after Lucas condition worsened, he was finally admitted to an ICU. But help came too late to pick up in some lucky with passion keeps sinking. A covert test could have saved my son. Because then he would have received proper treatment, but the doctor didn't want to. He just gave a diagnosis off the top of his head. More young Children are known to have died of covert 19 in Brazil. And anywhere else in the world. With 1300 deaths of Children under the age of one. The death toll for babies in Brazil is 22 times higher than in the United States. Why are so many young Children dying in Brazil? Dr Fatima Medina is a leading epidemiologists from the health and geo vital strategies. The Muslim problem. A graph e not detect soldier cars. We have a serious problem detector cases. We don't have enough test for the general population, even fear work for Children. Because there is a delaying the diagnosis. There is a delay in care for the child. So on Lee when they are already seriously ill, do we get a diagnosis? Marina says, with surging infection rates across the country, as well as a lack of testing. It's also about poverty and access to care came back there. My God, she could I just ask the most vulnerable are black Children and those from very poor families as they have the most difficulty accessing help. These are the Children most at risk of death. Backing Albert Saving Hospital under the watchful eye of Dr Syn. Attica Tornado. There is some good news on the ward. One of her patients is being discharged.

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