Kelsie Routs was 28 weeks pregnant when she was hospitalized with breathing problems, having contracted coronavirus.
Doctors determined that she had to be induced into a coma to give her body a chance to recover.
Kelsie was still unconscious when doctors performed an emergency cesarean, successfully delivering baby Kobe 12 weeks earlier, weighing 3 pounds 11 ounces.
The mom finally woke up seven days later and met her newborn baby.
She said everything was “just amazing”.
“Waking up from a coma and having a newborn baby is just too hard to figure out,” she told The Sun.
“I know the doctors had to do it to protect the baby, but the shock doesn’t really cover him.
“Obviously we’re all so, so happy. We went from such a low level to being reunited as a family with our new baby again. “
The mother of three continued to say that it was like a “miracle” that the doctors managed to take care of them two.
Kelsie, a graphic designer, started to feel bad last August, when she started to feel weak and “within hours” started to degrade.
The next day, she was severely ill and could not keep the food, and then she lost her smell and taste and was struck with pain.
She says she worried not only for herself, but also for her baby.
When breathing became difficult, two days after she fell ill, an ambulance rushed her to hospital where she was diagnosed with Covid and put on a ventilator.
She was in a medically induced coma and heavily sedated when Kobe was given a cesarean delivery.
After 40 days in the hospital, doctors decided Kelsie’s “little fighter” was strong enough to return home.
Looking back, Kelsie said it wasn’t worth thinking about what might have happened – she was so happy to be back home with the rest of her family.
Her partner Danny, 23, echoed her sentiment, saying it was ‘crazy’ the way the situation had unfolded.
“Going into a coma and then waking up and having a baby is a miracle business,” he said.
NHS Obstetrician Dr Jo Mountfield is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19, citing an increased risk of infection during their third trimester as a compelling incentive.
She said pregnancy usually puts extra strain on the lungs, even for those who are healthy and young.
If you had a baby in your abdomen that was preventing you from breathing properly, and then you contracted Covid badly, the best thing doctors can do is deliver the baby, she said.