PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Patricia Denise Jackson dreamed of becoming a mom. Her boyfriend Michael Jerome says she suffered a few miscarriages so she was thankful to make it to her third trimester. But unfortunately, her journey ended at 36 weeks.
Jerome says he took Jackson to the hospital on Aug. 28 because she wasn't feeling well. Doctors diagnosed her with pneumonia and sent her home with antibiotics. Three days later, things got worse, so Jerome took her to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with COVID-19.
The next day she had an emergency C-section and her daughter Kara was born. Both mom and baby were in critical condition. Kara recovered in a week and was able to go home. Patricia, unfortunately, never made it out of the hospital. She died two weeks later, never being able to hold her daughter.
"That's all she wanted was to be a mom. Her whole life, that's all she wanted and I know she would have been an amazing mom, and it's not fair that she doesn't get to be," says Jerome. "I would rather have my daughter come into this world if I don't," says Theresa Caruthers, Jackson's mother.
Caruthers says her daughter sacrificed her life to save her child and she is blessed that a piece of her daughter is still on this earth through Kara. Jerome feels the same way and does not want anyone else to lose someone to COVID-19, so his message is clear. "If you can get vaccinated, get vaccinated," he said.