While a Bradford mother of twins remains in Southlake Regional Health Centre's intensive care unit battling COVID-19, her husband has now tested positive for the virus.
Julie Ann Lingan was admitted to Southlake March 17 after going to emergency a fever and shortness of breath.
Her husband, Mark, who was experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, was assessed by his family doctor and is self-isolating at home, according to Lingan's mother, Marvie Alday.
"I talked to him this morning and his voice sounds better compared to yesterday," said Alday.
According to Alday, her daughter still has a high fever in the 40s, but the oxygen level on her ventilator has been brought down and she is no longer on medication to increase blood pressure.
"COVID-19 is triggering the blood pressure, (the virus) makes it low so the doctors have to give medication for her blood pressure to be normal," explained Alday.
She said discontinuing the medication is a "good sign of some improvement."
Alday noted that her daughter does not have any pre-existing conditions, had not travelled anywhere recently and was not in contact with anyone known to have the virus.
The couple's young twins tested negative for the virus, and are currently staying with their aunt.
"The twins are active with an appetite," said Malday. She has been sending them homemade cheesecakes as per their request.
The family continues to ask the community for prayers at this time.
"Prayer is powerful," said Alday.
The Bradford Mammas Facebook group is also still collecting monetary donations to help support the family during this time. Anyone looking to help can contact firstname.lastname@example.org