ABC7: Expectant Seal Beach mother, on life support at UCLA Medical Center, survives COVID with her pregnancy intact


SEAL BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — A pregnant Seal Beach woman survived a harrowing COVID infection after UCLA doctors took extraordinary measures to save her life and the life of her unborn baby.

In an interview with ABC7, Katie Pederson explained why she waited to get vaccinated and what she wants other expectant moms to know.

When Pederson found out she was having a baby, very few pregnant women were getting COVID-19 vaccines.

“I was going to wait until my third trimester until it was more readily available and there was more information. I felt safe in my decision, until I wasn’t,” said Pederson.

Twenty-four weeks into her pregnancy, she tested positive for COVID. Her symptoms were getting progressively worse when she went to seek care at an Orange County emergency room.

ABC7 reporter Denise Dador has more at ABC7.


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