(WXYZ) — A 2-month-old baby, who the state said died from COVID-19, had a birth defect listed as his immediate cause of death, according to a report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.
The defect was identified as gastroschisis, where a baby is born with intestines located outside the body.
According to the report, the baby was born at 37 weeks with the defect. On Sept. 8, after going home from a surgery, he developed vomiting and diarrhea and was diagnosed with COVID-19.
He was pronounced deceased at a hospital after developing acute respiratory symptoms. According to the report, COVID-19 caused the baby's recent issues.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released the following statement about the report:
Following national standards, MDHHS considers a death to be a COVID-19-associated death if the death is due to natural causes, there is a positive COVID-19 test, and one of the following is true:
• The death is within 30 days of onset of COVID-19.
• If the death is more than 30 days from onset, the certifying physician identifies COVID-19 as a contributing factor to death.
MDHHS relies on the judgment of treating physicians in determining whether a death is associated with COVID-19.
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