Melbourne mother has spoken out for the first time whose daughter was the first confirmed baby to contract coronavirus in Victoria.
Stevie Boyle, a five-month-old, was given a COVID-positive test result after her asymptomatic father contracted the virus from a colleague at work.
“Stevie was struggling to breath and she had a nasty cough and just wasn’t herself,” Stevie’s mother Nikki Boyle told Neil Mitchell on 3AW Mornings
“I decided to take her into emergency, and they did a COVID-19 swab just to rule it out.
“We got the results the next day that she was positive.”
The Boyle ‘s received positive results for Josh, Stevie ‘s dad and negative results for Ms Boyle and their son the following Friday.
Doctors had sent Stevie home before getting the test results, diagnosing her with a possible viral chest infection.
Yet Ms Boyle hadn’t been convinced.
“She (Stevie) had stopped feeding, wasn’t taking any of her bottles – only drinking 30ml or 40ml at a time, whereas normally she has 180ml,” Ms Boyle said.
“She only had three or four wet nappies in a 24-hour period, and she was dehydrated.”
The next day, Ms Boyle hurried Stevie back into an ambulance at Casey Hospital, where she stayed overnight on a drip.
The pair had little interaction with hospital personnel, except that nurses came in with maximum protective gear, face masks, and gloves a few times before.
“Most of the time they would write on the window with a white board marker to communicate, instead of coming into the room,” Ms Boyle said.
Stevie remains COVID-positive and is being monitored in home isolation.
Ms Boyle described the Department of Health and Human
Services ( DHHS) of Victoria as everything but supportive of her husband.
“My partner has no idea what is going on, when he can go back to work and what to do next,” Ms Boyle said.
“Someone from the DHHS spoke to him for 30 seconds on the phone, asked him if he had any symptoms, he answered no to all of them, and she said ‘okay you’re cleared, I’ll send you a letter to say that you’ve been cleared, and you can go back to the community.’
“No more tests, you can go back into the real world tomorrow.”
A DHHS spokesman said the advice for individuals can be varied due to the differences of each case.