Immigrant Mother And Family Suffer With COVID-19 As Teacher Cares For Their Healthy Newborn

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Chance the Rapper and elementary school teacher Luciana Lira, 42, speak via Instagram Live during the artist's Twilight Awards event honoring teachers on May 7, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. He announced Lira would receive $15,000 for herself, $15,000 for her school and a computer and a year of internet for the immigrant family that Lira is helping. Lira, a K-5 Bilingual /ESL teacher at Hart Magnet Elementary in Stamford, became the temporary guardian of newborn baby Neysel after the boy's mother Zully, almost 8 months pregnant, went to the Stamford Hospital emergency room, gravely ill with COVID-19 and gave birth. Hospital staff put Zully on a ventilator and performed an emergency C-section to save the child. Neysel could not go home, as his father Marvin and brother Junior were COVID-19 positive and quarantined there. After several weeks in the hospital ICU Zully responded well to antibody blood plasma transfusions and was able to return home. The teacher Lira will continue caring for the baby until the infant's parents and brother test COVID-negative, and the Guatemalan immigrant family can be reunited. Chance the Rapper is giving a total of $300,000 to teachers and their schools during this year's inaugural event.
(May 7, 2020 - Source: Getty Images North America)