After Seven-Month Battle with COVID-19, Spring City Mom Reunites with Family, Including Her Newborn


After spending more than seven months in the hospital fighting COVID-19, Marissa Fuentes was finally able to reunite with her family at their Spring City home, reports Jaclyn Lee for 6ABC.

Fuentes contracted COVID-19 while pregnant in April. Her doctors performed an emergency C-section for her son, Enzo, at 32 weeks.

She then contracted severe pneumonia and had lung failure.

Fuentes was put on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which acted as her heart and lungs for five and a half months.

This made the moment when she walked out of rehab seem like a miracle to her family.

“I’m not only thankful for my kids and my husband every day, but especially today to be with them,” said Fuentes. “I told Bryn Mawr Rehab that I was very determined to get home for the holidays, so they made it happen, and they pushed me every day so I could get stronger and get home in time for Thanksgiving.”

Fuentes is still on oxygen, and she knows she faces a long recovery. But her healing will be made easier with her family by her side.

Read more about Marissa Fuentes at 6ABC.