Craig Thomas, 30, tested positive for COVID-19 in early October and it wasn’t long before Lura Savage was showing symptoms as well.
Ms Savage, 29, was 30 weeks pregnant at the time and began to worry about her baby’s health.
Mr Thomas took her to Tameside hospital on October 19 for what they believed to be a routine checkup, but did not see her again until two days later – more than five weeks later.
Ms Savage tested positive for the coronavirus in hospital and was admitted for follow-up because she had developed a bad cough. A week later, things got worse and Mr. Thomas received a phone call to say the baby was in distress.
On October 28, baby Finley was born, weighing 4 pounds, and taken directly to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where neither of his parents could be with him.
Shortly after his birth, Finley also tested positive for COVID-19[feminine[feminine – become the first baby in Tameside to contract the virus.
Meanwhile, Mr Thomas was unable to visit any of his family members and told Sky News he would not have done it without the support of his friends and family.
“I was wondering” why couldn’t it have been me? I caused that “. He is an electrician but does not know how he got the virus.
Unfortunately, Ms Savage’s condition deteriorated further and a few days later she was put on 100% oxygen and in an induced coma where she remained for 10 days.
“The two people I was most interested in were both in intensive care,” Thomas said.
When Finley was nine days old and he and Mr Thomas both tested negative, they were able to meet for the first time.
He said he was so nervous about seeing him or making him sick that he sat in the hospital parking lot for half an hour before entering.
“He was so small, with all these sons. It was scary but he was fine. ”
He said the staff were “awesome” and he could have called 100 times a day and it wouldn’t have mattered.
NICU nurses kept a “baby diary” so he could see how Finley was doing each day.
Finley was able to return home when he was 19 days old, but it was a few more weeks before Ms Savage was finally released.
After 10 days in a coma, she was taken to the theater where she received a breathing tube and regained consciousness.
It was the first time Mr. Thomas could face her FaceTime and reassure her that their baby was fine.
Finally, last week Ms Savage’s tube was removed and she left intensive care to an honor guard from Tameside’s applause staff.
The moment was made even more moving by the fact that Ms Savage is in fact a healthcare worker at the hospital.
After a few days in a room on November 30, Mr. Thomas received a phone call telling him that she could finally come home.
The family is now moving into home life and Mr Thomas has said his partner is ‘full of beans and won’t take Finley down’.
In a Facebook post, Mr Thomas wrote: ‘I am so proud of her for what she has done to fight this horrible disease and love her so much, nor can I thank all of my family enough and my friends for what you did. us the last few months i’m lost for the words i love you all. ”
Ms. Savage’s recovery is not yet complete, but the family look forward to spending a calm and happy Christmas together.