Staff reports, Santa Fe New Mexican
May 7, 2022

Maricruz Loya doubted she would make it home to her six kids and husband and feared for the fate of the seventh child growing inside her.

Loya, 34, said in her coronavirus-induced misery, she argued with medical personnel at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque over whether she should have a cesarean section to save the baby and whether she should go on a ventilator to save herself. She wanted neither.

She knew, though, how sick she was.

She and other members of her family had contracted COVID-19 around Thanksgiving Day 2021. But while her family improved, she remained sick.

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