The second floor of Primary Children’s Hospital is likely the last place any parent would want to be, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

It’s the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and it’s where one Utah mom has spent the last week with her infant son. He’s struggling with a heart defect, among other complications.

“It’s a risk being anywhere, really, but the whole COVID-19, it makes it more scary,” she said.

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The mom asked to remain anonymous to protect her son and because she fears the hospital might get upset she’s speaking out. She just learned the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, or PICU, admitted an adult patient with COVID-19.

“Come to find out, they have an adult patient in the PICU right now with all these compromised children.”

According to her, she was told the patient was transferred to the unit to be put on an ECMO machine, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The machines are used to provide prolonged cardiac and respiratory support when a person’s heart or lungs cannot function on their own.

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The mom said she was told the patient came from an Intermountain Healthcare hospital because there was a shortage of ECMO machines.

“If they needed ECMO machines, they should have just taken the machine and given it to the other hospital rather than bring that patient here,” she said.

2News reached out to Intermountain Healthcare to comment. Jess Gomez, a spokesperson for Intermountain, said they cannot comment on a specific case because of HIPAA laws, however, he did say that COVID-19 patients have been treated at Primary Children’s.

“A small number of COVID-19 patients have been cared for at Primary Children’s Hospital since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these cases, we follow strict CDC guidelines and protocols to ensure all patients are safe and protected,” Gomez said in a statement.

As of Friday, Gomez said Intermountain does not have a current shortage of ECMO machines, but they partner with other hospitals and that can change day by day.

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The mom we spoke to is concerned the nurses and doctors treating the adult patient with coronavirus could give it to her son.

“I don’t think they should be risking children,” she said. “I don’t know if that person is going to be a carrier and not know they’re infected with it and go work on my child or someone else’s child and pass the virus unknowingly.”

As a mom with an immuno-compromised child, she said she should have been notified by the hospital.

“I’m very concerned. I don’t know if he would survive getting COVID. I really don’t. He has so many things stacked against him already,” she said. “They are directly putting our children at risk.”



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