Heart failure

COVID-19, pneumonia, heart failure & a newborn baby – a birthday like no other!


NEW YORK – Primkumarie Bahadur, a resident of Queens, was pregnant and feeling terrible. She tested positive for COVID-19 which quickly developed into severe COVID-19 pneumonia and was taken by ambulance to a hospital near her home. Her condition rapidly declined and she began to suffer from heart failure. Primkumarie was too unstable to be transported without ECMO, so the hospital called the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) team at New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center (ECMO) to see if she would be a candidate for the transfer. NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia quickly deployed its award-winning and nationally recognized ECMO team, comprising a surgeon, surgical fellow, perfusionist, and critical care paramedics.

The team stabilized the patient on ECMO and transported her to the New York-Presbyterian / Columbia Medical ICU – where Purnema Madahar, MD, MS, the on-call ECMO, received Primkumarie on arrival.

ECMO draws blood from your veins, pumps it outside the body (extracorporeal), removes carbon dioxide, adds oxygen (oxygenation) and returns it to your body, relieving some of the load. of the patient’s heart and lungs. According to Jennifer Haythe, MD, director of cardio-obstetrics at NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia, “It was difficult to determine whether she had developed heart failure syndrome due to COVID, her pregnancy, or the deep cardiogenic shock she was having. victim. in.”

During this time, since Primkumarie was pregnant, Leslie Moroz, MD, director of the Mothers Center in New York-Presbyterian / Columbia was consulted and it was determined that a cesarean was needed to save the baby.

According to Dr Madahar, “Primkumarie’s case is truly remarkable – being pregnant, then having a severe case of COVID-19 requiring ECMO, having heart failure and recovering from it is truly a miracle.”

Primkumarie, who was unconscious for most of her hospital stay, is grateful for all that has been done.

“If it hadn’t been for NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia,” she said, “I wouldn’t have a second chance with my newborn baby. He was born on my birthday!”

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Purnema Madahar, MD, MS, Deputy Director of Medical Intensive Care Units, New York-Presbyterian / Columbia
Jennifer Haythe, MD, director of cardio-obstetrics, New York-Presbyterian / Columbia
Leslie Moroz, MD, director of the Mothers Center, New York-Presbyterian / Columbia