New mom, 22, who gave birth to daughter via emergency C-section while battling COVID-19 dies

Texas mom, 22, who gave birth to her  daughter via emergency C-section while battling COVID-19 dies one month later without ever holding her first child

  • Aimee ‘Jaqueline’ Ayala from El Paso, Texas was eight months pregnant when she tested positive for COVID-19 on November 7 
  • After several days in the hospital, doctors performed a C-section on November 13 and she gave birth to her daughter, Addison Mariand Morale 
  • Well enough to post on Facebook at the time, she wrote of her ‘depression and despair’ of being kept from her baby as a first time mother
  • Her condition worsened and she died in November 30
  • She leaves behind her daughter and her husband, Juan Pablo Morales Orozco, who has taken baby home
  • It is unclear whether or not she was vaccinated 



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A 22-year-old died of COVID-19 complications just weeks after delivering her daughter via emergency C-section — and she never got a chance to hold her baby girl.

Aimee ‘Jaqueline’ Ayala from El Paso, Texas was eight months pregnant when she tested positive for COVID-19 on November 7, and within days had to be hospitalized due to the virus.

Though she was able to safely give birth on November 13, Jaqueline’s condition continued to decline, and on November 30 she passed away.

A 22-year-old died of COVID-19 complications just weeks after delivering her daughter via emergency C-section

Aimee ‘Jaqueline’ Ayala from El Paso, Texas was eight months pregnant when she tested positive for COVID-19 on November 7

After several days in the hospital, doctors performed a C-section on November 13 and she gave birth to her daughter, Addison Mariand Morale

Jaqueline had been in the hospital for several days suffering from COVID-19 complications when doctors performed a C-section on November 13 and she gave birth to her daughter, Addison Mariand Morales.

But due to her condition, she wasn’t able to see the little girl after a brief look immediately after she was born.

Well enough to post on Facebook at the time, she wrote of her ‘depression and despair’ of being kept from her baby as a first time mother.

Her health worsened, though, and on November 28 she was intubated.   

Due to her condition, she wasn’t able to see the little girl after a brief look immediately after she was born

Well enough to post on Facebook at the time, she wrote of her ‘depression and despair’ of being kept from her baby as a first time mother

Jaqueline died on November 30. It is unclear whether or not she had been vaccinated against COVID-19

‘As weeks went by she just got worse and then she went into cardiac respiratory arrest. She could breathe her heart stopped,’ her sister, Kimberly Ayala, told KTSM.

At one point, she died for 15 minutes. Though she was resuscitated, she was pronounced brain dead and officially died on November 30. 

It is unclear whether or not Jaqueline had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

‘Knowing she never got to hold her, that was the worst part. She loved her so much we know she did because she gave her life for her,’ said Kimberly.

On a GoFundMe page, Kimberly praised her sister’s selflessness, writing that she gave her life for her baby. 

She leaves behind her daughter and her husband, Juan Pablo Morales Orozco, who has taken baby home

‘I’ve been able to take her home, hold her and sleep with her. She has been a strength… she’s the one carrying me instead of me carrying her,’ he said

‘She was such a beautiful person inside and out,’ her sister wrote on a GoFundMe page

‘She was such a beautiful person inside and out,’ she wrote in Spanish, adding that her sister ‘fought for the lives of babies outside the abortion clinic.’

‘Although she could not hold her baby in her arms, she shows us the love of a mother for her baby. She gave everything for the life of her baby,’ she continued in Spanish.

She leaves behind her daughter and her husband, Juan Pablo Morales Orozco, who has taken baby home.

‘I’ve been able to take her home, hold her and sleep with her. She has been a strength… she’s the one carrying me instead of me carrying her,’ he said.

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