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SANTA MONICA, Calif. – A California mother’s long wait is finally over.

After spending one month in Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica for treatment of COVID-19, Natalhie Herrera was discharged Tuesday and reunited with the son she bore Nov. 11 but was never allowed to hold, KNBC reported.

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Herrera, 35, gave birth three weeks early to Felipe via an emergency cesarean section after being diagnosed with COVID-19, the TV station reported.

St. John’s officials told KCAL that Herrera was “seemingly losing her battle” against the novel coronavirus when she arrived and was placed on ECMO, a machine that helps to oxygenate the lungs.

While Herrera recuperated at St. John’s, Felipe spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit before finally going home with his father and older brother, having never been held by his mother.

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