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Dryden first responder gives birth during severe battle with covid-19


A local first responder is battling a severe case of covid-19 she contracted while seven months pregnant.

Lynn Carpenter and her husband, Austin, are both members of the Dryden Fire and Ambulance team. Lynn is a firefighter, and Austin, an EMT.

In fact, the whole Carpenter family — including the grandparents — are volunteer firefighters and EMTs.

After complications with the virus worsened, Lynn spent several weeks on a ventilator. She was forced to deliver via emergency C-section; nine and 1/2 weeks early.

Baby Dawsyn is doing well, and Lynn is slowly improving, but the bills are piling up.

The couple does have insurance, but the ventilator costs about $5000/day; on top of medications, surgery, hospital stays and lost work time for both.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

Dryden Fire Department will also host a chicken BBQ benefit this Friday (October 1).

Full chicken dinners are 10$ and serving begins at 3:30 pm.

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