The chance of COVID-19 could not cease a pregnant medical scholar at UC San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A UC San Diego medical student wouldn’t let the risk of contracting coronavirus while pregnant prevent her from treating other pregnant women during the outbreak.

Milli Desai’s medical school last year changed dramatically during the coronavirus outbreak.

What hasn’t changed: Your commitment to treating pregnant women at Jacobs Medical Center.

“I’ve been working on things like work and childbirth and various things that are absolutely necessary and that go on,” Desai said.

Desai is studying to become an OBGYN. She helps people who come for routine appointments as well as people with urgent pregnancy issues. The unscheduled patients weren’t necessarily able to get a COVID test before entering. This posed a dilemma for Desai last year as she was pregnant herself.

“Personally, I felt like exposing a potential baby and child to something that I really had no control over and that was really scary was a huge risk,” she said.

Still, Desai said she never felt unsafe because she had adequate PPE and the medical center staff were working to limit her exposure

In addition, her presence on the floor was a comfort to mothers limited to just one guest in the delivery room.

“It was very special and meaningful and I felt that if you then can’t have other people with you, we have to be your community and your supporters,” she said.

When August arrived and it was time to give birth to little Arahan, Desai and her husband Arvin decided to welcome him into the world at Jacobs Medical Center

“Which really came full circle,” Desai said.

Desai is scheduled to graduate this year. In March she finds out where her residence will be. She hopes to stay at UC San Diego.

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