Mother was afraid of the vaccination: “My baby was born in a corona coma”


When Marianne Ernstberger (36) saw her son Leo for the first time, she did not recognize him. She was in the intensive care unit, looked at a photo of him – and just put it aside.

The mother from a village near Chemnitz (Saxony) did not know that she had given birth to a child four days earlier. She had Corona with a life-threatening course and was in a coma at birth!

Leo is her youngest. She has five other children. At home at the kitchen table, she describes her way through the Corona hell to the BamS reporters: “I don’t have a Corona vaccination because I was pregnant with Leo and was afraid for him. In autumn, when the Standing Committee on Vaccination recommended vaccination for pregnant women, I wanted it after all – but then hesitated.”


Visit to the preemie ward at the Chemnitz Clinic: Marianne Ernstberger and her son Leo (9 weeks)

Visit to the preemie ward at the Chemnitz Clinic: Marianne Ernstberger and her son Leo (9 weeks)Photo: private

It all started on November 7th. “I got a sore throat, and later shortness of breath. After two weeks it got so bad that I called an ambulance.”

She was in the 29th week of pregnancy and her corona test: positive! She wasn’t getting enough oxygen, and Leo was also in danger. Intensive care unit, emergency c-section! “I was unconscious for four days, two of them in an induced coma. I didn’t notice anything from the birth.”

The kid was born on November 25 at 11:02 p.m.: 1770 grams, 42 centimeters. Father Lutz (37) was not allowed to be there. He called the clinic at night and gave the little one his name: Leonardt.


Leo's hat, socks, oxygen mask and goggles for jaundice therapy

Leo’s hat, socks, oxygen mask and goggles for jaundice therapyPhoto: Peter Mueller

“When I woke up, I didn’t know I was no longer pregnant. A sister showed me a photo of Leo. But only later, when my husband sent me a photo on my cell phone, did I understand: This is my son!”

Leo did not fall ill with Corona. But his mother stayed positive, couldn’t breastfeed him – wasn’t allowed to see him.

“I cried a lot, racking my brains to see if Leo was really the baby in my womb and if I could love him like my other children.” Her husband reassured her. Visited Leo daily, put him on his chest, called his wife, made a three-way video switch.


Marianne (36) and Lutz (37) Ernstberger have six children and have been married for eleven years

Marianne (36) and Lutz (37) Ernstberger have six children and have been married for eleven yearsPhoto: Peter Mueller


Mother was afraid of the vaccination:
Photo: BILD

After 20 days, the time had come: Marianne Ernstberger’s corona test was negative three times. She was allowed to go to Leo! “He fell asleep in my arm, opened one eye, clasped my finger. I was just happy!”

Her husband and older children have been vaccinated against the Corona virus. “Unfortunately, I was too scared for that. That annoys me!” she says. “I have no previous illnesses. The vaccination might have saved us everything.”

The mother still suffers from dizziness and headaches. And Leo? He now weighs 3400 grams. If he continues to drink bottles so eagerly, he can go home on Wednesday.

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