Her husband, who has urged Melburnians to wear face masks in public, shared distressing video of a pregnant Melbourne mum critically sick with coronavirus and struggling to breathe.
The short film, which has been seen more than 20,000 times, shows Kaillee Dyke, who is pregnant with twins for 27 weeks, gasping for air before she was rushed into an intensive care unit.
“This post may be a bit of a shock,” Kaillee’s husband Chris Lassig wrote on Facebook, recounting how he and wife had both been infected with COVID-19.
While I’ve fully recovered she is still very sick,” he continued.
“The short video below was my attempt to record her breathing last Saturday, and show her how serious it was. Shortly after recording it though, she was taken in an ambulance to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where they put her on oxygen in intensive care.”
Ms Dyke has been on a ventilator for around one week in Royal Melbourne Hospital.
“She’s slowly making progress, breathing more and more by herself with the machine only providing back-up,” he wrote.
“It’s now a matter of waiting until her lungs have healed enough to work on their own. The doctors say with COVID-19 it’s very hard to predict, but hopefully it’ll be soon.”
Along with the upsetting video, Mr Lassig posted an ultrasound of one of the twins, “healthy and kicking”.
“We don’t know which one [of the twins] is in this picture, but from how lively they were I’m guessing it’s the girl and she takes after her mother.”
“If the government is going to say to wear masks, then just do it,” his wife had replied, Mr Lassig wrote.
“They’re not overreacting with the measures that they’ve put in place, they’re clearly there for a reason. And … anybody can get it.”
Australian Infectious Disease physicist and researcher Professor Sharon Lewin said “the science has
improved” in the last two months regarding the advantages of wearing face masks.
“What we hadn’t appreciated is how common people are infectious when they have absolutely no symptom those you don’t know that you’re infected when you go to work,” Prof. Lewin told Today.
“The only way to deal with that is universal mask-wearing.
“All of us wear a mask because we don’t know when we’re infectious and that has changed dramatically. We have much better evidence just over the last two to three months that this does work.”