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INDIANAPOLIS–A mother from Brownsburg was 29 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to a hospital with COVID-19. Things got even more complicated when her son, Chase, was delivered nine weeks early.

That mother, Misty Monson, says without the hard work of the nurses and staff at Ascension St. Vincent Indianapolis, she would not be alive today. Chase had to be treated in the NICU for 11 weeks and he survived.

“Because of you, my kids still have a mom, my husband still has a wife, my parents still have their daughter, and I have my baby,” said Monson in a video released by Ascension St. Vincent Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Monson says the staff at St Vincent became “her whole life for three weeks” and really came through on the little things. Monson was St. Vincent’s first pregnant COVID-positive patient to require extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment. That is an advanced form of life support targeted at the heart and lungs.

“One of the nurses braided my hair one day just because I couldn’t get a brush and I was so upset. You guys just went above and beyond for me,” said Monson.

If any of the nurses ever had a bad day, Monson says she never saw it because they always acted with professionalism.

“I woke up every day and you guys were still smiling and always there for me. I’m very blessed. You gave me my life and my son’s life. It’s the best gift ever,” said Monson.

Chase is Monson’s third child.