Life-supported mother makes amazing recovery, meets baby after birth while on ventilator

A mother from Indiana who underwent an emergency cesarean section while hospitalized with COVID-19 has had the chance to hold her son for the first time in more than seven weeks.

Autumn Carver, 34, held her son, Huxley, for the first time on October 19, at the same Indiana hospital where she was born on August 27, during an emergency cesarean while pregnant 33 week.

But Autumn fought hard and it was almost two months before she was able to hold her newborn baby for the first time.

“It was very emotional, for myself and of course her parents and of course for Autumn,” her husband, Zach Carver, told Good Morning America. “That’s why she fought so hard, so she can go home to our kids.”

Her husband describes his wife as the most caring and loving person who can light up a room with her smile.

Zach took to Facebook to announce the good news, writing: “An unexpected conversation with the doctor this morning brought us out of isolation and planned for Autumn to meet Huxley. The same convoy advised us that Autumn Carver’s tracheal tube be moved to a smaller one so she could attach a speech.


“At 3pm today she met our son and it was an amazing moment needless to say. Her parents, one of her closest friends, and many nurses and doctors witnessed the special moment. I don’t know if there is dry eye in this area. This afternoon, I heard Autumn say ‘I love Zach’. It was a wonderful day.

“We still have a long way to go, but we really need a good day like this. Autumn said thank you for all the prayers and support along the way. God bless you.”


The mother of three was later transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Her lungs are in very poor condition and she may need a lung transplant at some point, according to FaithTap.

On November 17, Zach posted an update on his wife’s condition: “She is getting better and better and is able to walk around in our room without a walker more and more.

“We went from her dying, she would need a total lung transplant and she would go home,” he said. “It was an absolute miracle.” Life-supported mother makes amazing recovery, meets baby after birth while on ventilator

Aila Slisco

Aila Slisco is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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