An unvaccinated pregnant woman was given an emergency Caesarean by medical staff that saved her ninth baby before she tragically died from Covid.
Jennifer Rosebluff-Thomas, who was living in Edmonton, Canada, was 29 weeks pregnant when she caught the delta variant in August and never recovered, it is reported.
The mum, who had eight other children, was given a Caesarean by medical staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in order to help breathing but it was not enough to save her.
Her sister Carol Charles said that when she was transferred to the casualty department, Ms Rosebluff-Thomas was fearing the worst when they spoke to a final time on a video chat.
“She told me ‘sister I’m dying. They’re taking me to the ICU,” she told CBC News.
“In the last video chat I had with her, I just told her ‘don’t worry,’ I said, “I’m going to see the kids. I’ll be there, don’t worry’. And she was crying. I could tell she was scared.”
Ms Charles said that she then had a call from the medical team to say that they were going to do the Caesarean so as to get oxygen into her lungs.
But Ms Rosebluff-Thomas never recovered and had the chance to see her new daughter as she died on September 3.
Being unvaccinated reduced her survival chances and her sister said she urged her to have a jab.
“The sad thing is, my sister wasn’t vaccinated,” Charles said. “This was something we had discussed in the spring when vaccinations became available, because of her large family and the children she already had at home being school-aged. I was just like: ‘You need to go get vaccinated’.”
Dr Stephanie Cooper, an obstetrician at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, highlighted the greater risk for unvaccinated pregnant women of getting seriously ill from Covid.
She reportedly said that more than 20 pregnant women with critical Covid were hospitalised in Alberta in August and September and all hadn’t been vaccinated.
Dr Cooper said that normally the aim is to keep the baby inside the mother as long as possible but sometimes it is necessary to remove the foetus to save either the baby or the mother.
That includes when the mother is so ill from Covid that she needs to be given oxygen externally.
A GoFundMe set up to support Ms Rosebluff-Thomas’ children said: “All she wanted to do was get better so she could go home to her children, but unfortunately she didn’t recover. Jennifer was a beautiful person, with a beautiful soul.
“She loved all her children and did her best to give them everything and more.”