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American Idol alum’s newborn survives COVID-19 at less than one month old

An American Idol alum is celebrating the safe return home of her newborn baby after he contracted COVID-19. Casey Goode, also known as Quigley, gave birth to her son, Max, on September 18th. But that joy quickly turned to fear after Max tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Goode has been sharing the family’s journey on Instagram, where she announced Max’ diagnosis. “Max tested positive for COVID-19 early Saturday am,” she wrote. “We took him into the ER after he was running a fever in the middle of the night. We had confirmation that he was exposed from direct contact with a medical professional who had cared for him earlier in the week. This has been a total shock to us. I am currently quarantining with baby Max in the PICU. They are treating me as if I have been exposed and are likely positive as well, although I am showing no symptoms yet. Please send good energy to our little bub so he recovers fast. Not sure what happens next from here… but I expect to be offline for a while as we recover.”

Goode’s husband, Alex, updated their followers not long after to share that they were staying in the PICU while Max recovered. “Mama and Max will stay in the PICU again tonight,” he wrote. “He is on oxygen, but his temperature and blood pressure are normal. As is to be expected, Casey is completely overwhelmed and exhausted. She’s been in isolation with Max for the last three days in the ICU so she is mentally and spiritually drained. We’ll get through this. It’ll be all Goode.”

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The COVID-19 diagnosis came as a blow to the couple, who already had battled an eight-day stay in the NICU due to numerous complications, including pre-eclampsia. “My OB got into the room and immediately had to vaccum him out,” she recalled of her labor on Instagram. “It got really scary at the end as he wasn’t crying or moving much when he came out. They took him for some tests and I only got to see him for about three seconds before he went to the NICU.”

Max hadn’t been home long before having to go back into the hospital, but Goode said he battled everything like a trooper.

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Second times a charm, welcome home Max. ❤️🙌🏻

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“I’m happy to report that we’re getting discharged,” she said in a video. “It is Wednesday. Max is napping and we’re going to finish up our quarantine at home.” She added that his symptoms had mostly vanished. “His fever hasn’t come back since Saturday, his oxygen levels are good, and he is eating and pooping and sleeping. All Goode things,” she wrote. “His only symptoms now are just a little nasal congestion and horse [sic] voice.”

Getting to finally go home with her son was, she concluded, “[d]efinitely one of the best days of my life.”

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