New mom who delayed COVID-19 vaccine to protect baby is now on ventilator in ICU 

Dec 1, 2021, 6:49 PM | Updated: Dec 2, 2021, 10:36 am

SALT LAKE CITY – A new mom who wanted to get the COVID-19 vaccine but decided to hold off until she was done breastfeeding her new son is now fighting for her life in the hospital.

Dezi Scopesi married the love of her life three years ago, then a new love entered September 2020.

“It’s just been so fun to see her grow into this beautiful woman. To be at her wedding, that was just one of the best moments,” said Lashae Steele, Dezi’s sister. “When she became a mom, it was just the best, she just lit up.”

Steele said it wasn’t an easy start for her new nephew. After Dezi gave birth, Leo was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital where he spent a good amount of time in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Dezi decided to hold off on getting the vaccine while she was breastfeeding Leo.

Her sister said, “It was a tough decision, she was ready to move forward but got sick.”

Dezi came down with COVID-19 a few weeks after celebrating Leo’s first birthday. She went to the ICU in November where she remains on a ventilator battling the damage COVID-19 did to her body.

While her family focuses on her recovery they are so grateful for the community response.

“We just feel so much love and support and endless acts of kindness we have received and that her family has received,” her sister said.

The family just paid off Leo’s hospital bill a few months ago and now has another mountain of medical costs due to her ICU stay.

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New mom who delayed COVID-19 vaccine to protect baby is now on ventilator in ICU