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Reality star Alessia Macari tested positive for Covid day before she gave birth

Alessia grew up in Dublin before becoming a major TV star in Italy

Alessia Macari with her new baby

Eugene Masterson

Irish TV star Alessia Macari has given birth to a healthy baby girl in Italy - despite contracting Covid-19.

Both Alessia and her German footballer husband Oliver Kragl were infected with Covid just prior to daughter Nevaeh’s birth.

But fortunately their first child was born free of the virus.

Alessia, who grew up in Dublin before becoming a major TV star in Italy, told the Sunday World her experience in hospital before the birth last week was “a nightmare”.

"The day before I was hospitalised, both Olli and I tested positive for Covid 19," says Alessia (28).

"Nevertheless, I want to emphasise that, we have always thoroughly observed all the precautions including vaccination.

"I was therefore forced to give birth completely alone, without my husband.

“The baby girl is negative, but she was still moved to another ward and I wasn’t able to see her for three days, time that seemed like eternity.”

Alessia who grew up in Dublin before becoming a major TV star in Italy

Alessia currently lives in Italy, where her parents were born, and is married to German footballer Oliver Kragl.

Her mum, Lisa Borza, was the owner of a chip shop in Crumlin.

Alessia is a huge star in Italy, having won that country’s version of Celebrity Big Brother and has starred in several other TV shows.

She points out that “anyone who has experienced the joy of being a mother can understand my mood.”

“Inside the Covid ward I lived through some very difficult moments that I think I will never forget. Isolation put me to the test,” she says.

"With these words, I want to urge those who still haven’t had enough to vaccinate themselves.

"It’s really important for ourselves and for the social community we belong to."

She also singled out several staff members for helping her.

"I thank the three angels that assisted me in the birth, always demonstrating professionalism and competence.

"I want to sincerely thank all the angels in the Covid maternity ward that, even with a simple hug, were able to give me peace of mind and affection.

"Thinking instead of those people who, on the contrary, were abrupt and rude, I just hope that in the future they can show a little more heart in what they do, thinking above all that the people in their hands could be their children."

She also praised her husband for helping her even though he could not be near her for several days.

But Alessia complains that her time in hospital was pretty much “ a nightmare”.

“I was just treated very unfairly in the hospital , not just me even the other ladies in my ward,” she storms.

“The hospital refused to take me in at first. But I insisted that they take me in because I was supposed to be induced on the 14th of January because I was 41 weeks and the day before I got Covid.

"They told me they were full -there were only three women in the Covid maternity ward.”

Alessia and Oliver

Alessia also claimed she was not able to see her newborn for two days.

"They told me I couldn’t see my baby for 48 hours and they took her for three days even though she resulted negative.

“I was on a bed for three days none of them would help me shower."

She was eventually allowed bring her baby home.

“They let me take the baby home and leave the hospital even though I was still positive so I don’t understand why they took her and made me go through all of that,” she stresses.

Both she and her husband are now negative and are being helped with minding their baby by Alessia’s mum Lisa.

The couple live in Benevento, near Naples, and Ollie was playing football for the city’s team and is soon due to sign a deal with a new side.

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