Teacher Steps In To Take Care Of Student's Newborn Brother While Family Recovers From Virus

By WCBS Newsradio 880
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STAMFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) — A 1-month-old baby whose mother is unable to care for him during the coronavirus pandemic has found a safe home with his sibling’s teacher. 

Luciana Lira became a mother unexpectedly during the coronavirus pandemic when the mother of one of her students called and asked for help.

“It was literally a call from God. I didn’t think twice. I told my family, ‘I just have to do this,’” Lira tells WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman.

Lira, a bilingual teacher at Hart Magnet Elementary School in Connecticut, says she was teaching a 7-year-old boy whose entire family became infected with the virus. 

His mother, who did not want to be identified, was weeks away from giving birth and went into an induced coma. She spent three weeks in intensive care before giving birth to her son. 

The family, however, was unable to take the child home since all three members – mother, father and brother – were still contagious. 

Lira explains the phone call from the hospital: “She said, ‘Mrs. Lira, could you help me, my husband, and my son?’”

They asked her to take care of their newborn child while she recovered.

“I asked my husband, ‘can we take this baby home?’ He said, ‘you’re crazy, but if you don’t, who will,’” Lira said. 

The teacher has had the baby in her care for several weeks while his mother continues to recover from the coronavirus. 

“I have always believed that the relationship between student and teacher should go beyond and above to include the whole family,” Lira said.

She never thought it would come to this, but here she is.

“I’m a full-time teacher without a maternity leave, trying to take care of this little angel God sent me, for more than a month,” she said.

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