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Orcutt woman beats COVID-19, post-virus complications are now putting her life on the line

Posted at 7:26 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 00:35:43-05

Orcutt mother and grandmother Jeanette Romero is left fighting for her life with complications her family says have come after contracting the COVID-19 virus.

After receiving a positive COVID-19 test and self quarantining, Jeanette's symptoms got worse and she went to the emergency room on Thanksgiving night.

After doing several tests, her family says she was diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital where she stayed for several days and was released.

Less than 24 hours after returning home from her stay at the hospital, Jeanette's daughter, Rosalie Davis said her mother went back to Marian hospital with extreme pain in her legs.

"They did a CT scan on her and found out she had blood clots in her legs as well as her heart," says daughter Rosalie.

According to her daughters, because of the clots, Jeanette's doctor says her right leg must be amputated Thursday unless she is transferred to another hospital that chooses differently.

Family members say she also needs open heart surgery to remove a clot in her heart, but, they are running into another issue.

Jeanette's daughter, Gina Briseno said the hospital their mother is currently staying at, Marian Hospital in Santa Maria, is not able to provide the resources necessary to preform the surgery in the time frame they need.

According to Gina, the hospital has been trying to transfer their mother to another hospital that is equipped to handle the open heart surgery she needs, but state lock downs amid rising COVID-19 cases are creating an obstacle.

"...UCLA asked that we don’t even contact them anymore because their critical bed units are full," says daughter Sabrina Espinoza.

Her family is maintaining their faith and continuing to push for answers.

“We need a miracle and we need for her to be transferred to a surgeon that is going to help her, a heart surgeon."

KSBY reached out to Marian Regional Medical Center for information on their transfer procedures for patients during this time as well as the impacts the recent rise in cases statewide has had on the hospital, but we have not heard back yet.

A GoFundMe page has been created by Jeanette's daughter, and can be accessed here . You can also read more about Jeanette and/or contribute to helping her family.