LOS ANGELES -- A Southern California man battling the novel coronavirus didn't miss out on one of the most important moments in his life thanks to hospital staff, who made it possible for him to see the birth of his daughter.
As Roxanne McCabe was in labor in the maternity ward, her husband Milo was in the same hospital one floor below and fighting for his life.
"We just did a Zoom call for the whole labor," Roxanne explained.
Emberly Anne McCabe was born April 20 at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center in California. Dad Milo was there virtually to share the moment.
Milo McCabe, 29, was admitted to the hospital just over a week earlier. He thought he had the flu, but his condition got worse.
"It was really scary when they mentioned that his case is critical," Roxanne McCabe said.
At one point, there was a chance doctors would have to intubate him, but he was given the investigational anti-viral drug remdesivir and started showing improvement.
Three days after Emberly was born, Milo was cleared to return home. He was far from his normal self and still had trouble breathing, but the family is now back together.
The first-time parents admit they initially didn't take COVID-19 seriously. After their experience, they urge others to be careful.
"We could've died potentially," Roxanne said. "And he's young. I don't really want anyone to experience what we had to."
Man battles COVID-19 while wife delivers baby in same California hospital
As Roxanne McCabe was in labor, her husband was in the same hospital battling coronavirus.