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A mother who gave birth in a coma due to complications from COVID-19 has awakened and has met her newborn son for the first time.
Gillian McIntosh received an emergency Caesarean after arriving at an Abbotsford hospital with symptoms of COVID-19 in November.
The 37-year-old was placed in an induced coma and on a ventilator due to complications from the virus.
McIntosh’s family say in a statement that she was relieved of sedation late last week and was taken off the ventilator.
She got to meet her son, named Travis Len, for the first time over the weekend.
Her family say the new mother remains in the intensive care unit, requiring intensive care follow-up, but her condition is stable.
The statement thanks health workers for the treatment of McIntosh and his son.
McIntosh’s health problems began when she reported feeling ill during the first week of November. When her symptoms worsened, she went to the hospital, leaving her husband, Dave McIntosh, to care for their daughter.
The last communication Dave McIntosh had with his wife was a text saying she was being taken for an emergency cesarean due to complications from the new coronavirus, he said in a previous interview.
“Our whole family continues to be moved by the generosity of the community as a whole. We are grateful for every kind thought, prayer, message and donation, ”the couple said in a statement Wednesday.