On April 1, an anxious Sites went to Joint Township’s best emergency department struggling to breathe, unable to lie flat. Testing found her lungs clotted with disease. She was awake when the doctors put her on a ventilator, and she felt the tube scrape into her trachea. Then her hospital sent her to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
She improved, the breathing machine was removed, but “within 24 hours, 48 hours, my condition completely worsened.”
Visitor restrictions at hospitals due to the pandemic kept husband Donny, her parents, her in-laws, her friends from her side. Alone, Sites worried about the future.
“I had a few breakdown moments. I told myself, ‘This is it, I’m not going to make it through,’” she said. “Everything in my body, it hurt to breathe, to move, to cough, to anything, it hurt.”
She asked to go back on the ventilator. This time, she asked for sedation.
On April 8, the Miami Valley doctors told Donny Sites, a Mercer County deputy sheriff, that they hoped that because of his wife’s youth and overall good health, the ventilator could get her pregnancy to 30 weeks.
Twenty minutes later, the doctors called back. One of Megan’s lungs had collapsed. She was near death. There was a chance to save her. But they had to deliver the baby the next day.