An unvaccinated woman who became seriously ill with Covid whilst pregnant, woke up from an induced coma to discover she had already given birth.
Kelsie Routs was 28 weeks pregnant when she was taken into hospital with breathing problems, having contracted coronavirus.
Medics determined she needed to be induced into a coma to give her body a chance to recover.
Kelsie was still unconscious when doctors performed an emergency caesarean section, successfully delivering baby Kobe 12 weeks early, weighing 3lb 11oz.
The mum finally she woke up seven days later and met her newborn baby.
She said the whole thing was “just amazing”.
“To wake up from a coma and have a newborn baby — it’s just too much to get your head around,” she told The Sun.
“I know the doctors had to do it to protect the baby, but shock doesn’t really cover it.
“Obviously, we are all so, so happy. We’ve gone from such an awful low to being back together as a family with our new baby.”
The mum-of-three continued to say it was like a “miracle” that the doctors had managed to look after the two of them.
Kelsie, a graphic designer first began to feel ill last August, when she started feeling weak and “within hours” began to go downhill.
The next day she was violently sick and couldn’t keep food down and next she lost her smell and taste and was struck with achiness.
She says she was worried not just for herself, but also for her baby.
When breathing became difficult, two days after she fell ill, an ambulance rushed her to hospital where she was diagnosed with Covid and put on a ventilator.
She was in the depth of an induced coma and heavily sedated when Kobe was delivered by C-section.
After 40 days in the hospital, doctors decided Kelsie’s “little fighter” was strong enough to go home.
Looking back, Kelsie said it isn’t worth thinking about what could have happened – she was just so happy to be back home with the rest of her family.
Her partner Danny, 23, echoed her sentiment, saying it was “mad” the way the situation had panned out.
“To go into a coma and then wake up and have a baby, it’s the stuff of miracles,” he said.
NHS Obstetrician Dr Jo Mountfield is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19, citing an increased risk of infection in their third trimester as a compelling incentive.
She said pregnancy typically caused extra pressure on the lungs, even for those who were healthy and young.
If you had a baby in your abdomen stopping you from breathing properly, and then you got Covid badly, the best thing medics could do is deliver the baby, she said.