A mother gave birth to a baby boy while fighting for her life in a coma after contracting coronavirus while pregnant.
Sophie Byrne of Dovecot did not even know that her son Joseph had been born by caesarean section until later.
The 28-year-old, who is also the mother of William at eight and Amelia at five, was put on a respirator at the Royal Liverpool Hospital after her condition worsened.
Sophie spent nine weeks at Royal after being diagnosed with Covid earlier this year.
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A team from Liverpool Women’s Hospital had to be brought into the Royal to give birth to her baby 11 weeks prematurely while she was still in a coma.
Baby Joseph was born on August 26 – and the mother of three was not even aware that her son had been born due to the severity of her condition.
Sophie’s family received an unthinkable call from medical staff warning them that she might not survive, and Joseph’s father hurried to the hospital to be by her side.
Sophie spoke exclusively to ECHO, saying: “The staff at Royal informed my family that I might not survive the birth because I was so weak. They allowed Joseph’s father to come in and see me, but not my parents because of the risk. for Covid. “
Miraculously, Joseph was born healthy despite being 11 weeks premature and was moved to a neonatal ward while Sophie continued to fight coronavirus on a ventilator.
She said: “Even though Joseph was born 11 weeks premature, he was fine. He was briefly in intensive care and then in a neonatal ward.”
Sophie is now continuing to recover from the virus at home after spending weeks on intensive care.
The mother of three said she “is still very weak” after getting pneumonia as a complication of her illness.
She said: “I had to learn to walk again because I had been in bed for so long. And I had to learn to eat again after undergoing a tracheotomy. It has been hard and there is a long way ahead. “
Sophie finally got to hold Joseph for the first time the day she left the Royal.
She said: “I caught up with Joseph for the first time on October 4. They let me see Joseph for the first time in mid-September through FaceTime. But I was severely stunned and can not remember anything about that day now.”
After surviving her fearsome ordeal, Sophie wants to raise awareness about the seriousness of getting coronavirus and the need to be vaccinated.
She said: “Covid almost killed me and I had no underlying health conditions. I was not vaccinated but that was because I was pregnant.
“I have to get vaccinated soon now and can not wait. People have to take this seriously. I did not doubt that Covid existed, but I did not fully appreciate how devastating it could be.”
Sophie said she had delayed getting the vaccine while she was pregnant, due to her own uncertainty regarding coronavirus vaccinations for expectant mothers.
And she’s not the only expectant mother to feel that way, as recent figures from Public Health England show that the number of fully vaccinated people in this group is still low.
The Guardian reports that the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) says only 15% of pregnant women have received two doses of the vaccine so far.
Women have cited many reasons for their reluctance to be stung, including lack of long-term information about the dangers of the vaccine for their child, health care providers giving vague messages about safety and misinformation spread on social media.
However, England’s top midwife has urged expectant mothers to get the vaccine, according to data showing that the vast majority of pregnant women hospitalized with the virus have not had a jab.
Now that Sophie is at home with her family, she is adjusting to being a mother of three, joking that Joseph is the quietest of all her newborns.
She said: “He is very quiet and just likes to sleep.”
Sophie also had a message for the staff at the city’s Royal Hospital, to which she said, “Thank you for saving my life and delivering Joseph.”
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