March was supposed to be a joyous time for former Warriors guard Leandro Barbosa and his wife Talita Rocca.
The couple, who got married last year, were expecting their first child together on March 26.
But the joy went away, briefly, on March 21 when Barbosa and Rocca both tested position for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Brazil, New York Times' Marc Stein reported Monday.
According to Stein, doctors decided it was necessary to induce labor for Rocca on March 22.
Barbosa wasn't allowed in the delivery room because he had the coronavirus. He had to watch the birth via a video call.
“I didn’t know what to do,” Barbosa told Stein. “All I did is just talk on the phone: ‘Listen, you’re going to have to do it by yourself.’ I told my wife, ‘Think on the baby, not on me.’
The good news is that Rocca gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Isabela.
“We’re all good now," Barbosa told Stein. "We’re healthy. The baby didn’t have the virus and thank you, God.”
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Barbosa spent two seasons with the Warriors, but he always will be a fan favorite in the Bay Area. He was part of the 2014-15 team that ended a 40-year NBA title drought.
This story could have had a tragic ending, but luckily for the Barbosa family, it had a happy one.
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