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Family urges pregnant women to get vaccine after unvaccinated daughter died from Covid

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A Kansas City family urges pregnant women to get vaccinated after their daughter died just days after giving birth without ever meeting her son.

Braxten Goodwin, 24, gave birth to her second child, Levite, in July, just after being diagnosed with the virus.

She gave birth alone after contracting Covid and being isolated from her premature son, the Kansas City Star reported.

Braxten Goodiwn, seen here with her grandparents Pamela Goodwin and Bishop Lloyd while graduating from college, died of Covid in August while pregnant with her second child

Braxten had wanted to get the vaccine, but she was afraid it would permanently harm her baby.

To make things even more confusing, she got different recommendations from different doctors.

Goodwin called an ambulance on July 17, a week after her diagnosis, and said she had chest and stomach pains that made her have trouble breathing.

Braxten's mother Tamika Horton, seen here with Braxten's son Levite and 22-month-old daughter Nova

Braxten’s mother Tamika Horton, seen here with Braxten’s son Levite and 22-month-old daughter Nova

The next day, she gave birth to Levite, despite being early in her third trimester.

Braxten’s mother, Tamika Horton, and her grandmother, Pamela Goodwin, were unable to visit her because she was on a ventilator.

While she was still able to talk to her daughter, Horton said Braxten wouldn’t wish Covid-19 on anyone.

Goodwin called an ambulance on July 17, a week after her diagnosis, and said she had chest and stomach pains that made her have trouble breathing.  16 days later she died

Goodwin called an ambulance on July 17, a week after her diagnosis, and said she had chest and stomach pains that made her have trouble breathing. 16 days later she died

Levite later confirmed doctors’ fears by testing positive for Covid herself and spending three weeks in a NICU.

Braxten’s grandmother, Pamela, last saw her granddaughter on July 4, just days before she was Covid positive.

Her family, who had all been vaccinated, wished she had joined them and wondered if it could have saved her life.

Just over a week after Goodwin died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data showing the vaccine's safety during pregnancy

Just over a week after Goodwin died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data showing the vaccine’s safety during pregnancy

Doctors eventually told the family that Braxten’s condition would not improve. She died on August 2, just 16 days after giving birth.

She also left behind a 22-month-old daughter, Nova.

In a tragic ending, just over a week after she died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data showing the vaccine’s safety during pregnancy.

“It was a week late,” Horton said.

Both Horton and Pamela Goodwin are now encouraging everyone to mask and get vaccinated.

Goodwin was initially hesitant about the vaccine, but she no longer regrets getting the shot.

Braxten had wanted to get the vaccine, but she was afraid it could permanently harm her baby

Braxten had wanted to get the vaccine, but she was afraid it could permanently harm her baby

“I don’t want anyone to go through what we went through,” Goodwin said. “If you can do it, please do it. Protect yourself and others too.’

Horton wishes that tragedy does not have to be personalized before people take action.

“I feel like people don’t take it seriously until it knocks on their door,” she said. “People have their opinions, but (the vaccine) will help you in the long run.”

Braxten was a devout Christian and loved basketball

Braxten was a devout Christian and loved basketball

“Who would have ever thought it would all end like this?” added Goodwin. “We wouldn’t have thought that in a million years, but it happened.”

Braxten was a devout Christian and loved basketball, according to a obituary.

She had a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, something her family was very proud of.

Braxten's grandmother Pamela Goodwin encourages masking and vaccination and says she doesn't want another family to feel how she's doing

Braxten’s grandmother Pamela Goodwin encourages masking and vaccination and says she doesn’t want another family to feel how she’s doing

Shortly after, she became a mother, which, according to her grandmother, changed her.

“I saw her strength then, and I saw Braxten go from trying to grow up, to adulthood,” said Pamela Goodwin. “She grew up overnight, and that was really exciting to see her transformation.”

Goodwin just doesn’t want another family to feel how they’re doing.

“Get the vaccine. It can certainly save lives. This is not a dream for us. This is a terrible nightmare. When do we wake up? But it isn’t, it’s reality.’

AN gofundme campaign has raised more than $14,000 for the family, including Goodwin’s two young children.

CDC Guidelines on Covid Vaccines for Pregnant Women

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone over the age of 12 get a Covid vaccine and that includes those who are pregnant.

The CDC says evidence on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has grown. It suggests that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.

They found no evidence that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.

Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from serious illness from COVID-19.

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