A woman who fell into a coma ten months ago woke up to find that she is now the mother of a baby girl.
Cristina Rosi, 37, of Monte San Savino, Tuscany, was seven months pregnant when she suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma in July of last year.
Her daughter Caterina was delivered by doctors via an emergency Caesarean section while Ms Rosi remained in a coma.
Now, ten months after the ordeal, Ms Rosi’s husband, Gabriele Succi, 42, described the ‘real joy’ he and his wife were finally able to embrace after ‘so much suffering’.
Cristina Rosi, 37, of Monte San Savino, Tuscany, was seven months pregnant when she suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma last year
He also stated that Ms Rosi’s very first word after waking up from her coma was: “Mom”.
Speaking to the Italian newspaper La Nazione, Mr Succi said: “It is a real joy after so much suffering. Even the doctors present in the room confirmed that Cristina had said her first word.
The first-time mother has now been transferred to a clinic in Austria where she will receive 24-hour specialist care and undergo a neurological rehabilitation program during her recovery.
Mr Succi said hospital staff also removed his wife’s tracheostomy tube to allow her to breathe on her own.
He continued, “My wife breathes and swallows on her own.
“Seeing her progress and thinking about what she was just a few months ago with all the tests she had to go through, it seems like a miracle. “
Mr Succi later told the Arezzo Notizie news site: “Cristina is barely recognizable now.
‘She’s more relaxed, they removed her tracheostomy [and] through a pump, they give him a drug that should lead to further physical progress.
Ms Rosi’s daughter Caterina delivered by doctors via emergency cesarean section
Ms Rosi has now been transferred to a clinic in Austria where she will receive 24-hour specialist care
Ms Rosi’s treatment, which sees her receiving intense physiotherapy sessions, is now funded by a GoFundMe page set up by her husband, who has so far raised over £ 155,176 (€ 180,572).
However, Mr Succi now hopes to increase the amount to £ 257,808 (€ 300,000) in order to continue funding his wife’s treatment abroad.
Mr Succi added: “So far we have been able to guarantee the therapies to Cristina. We cannot stop now. My wife and daughter deserve to go home in the best possible condition.
In an effort to increase donations, Margherita Scarpellini, the mayor of Monte San Savino, wrote on Facebook last year: “Apart from donations it is important to tell Cristina’s story so that help arrives on as quickly as possible by as many people as possible.