While pregnant, a woman was put in a coma when she learned that she had given birth.
It had been 28 weeks since 23-year-old Kelsey Rootes was rushed to the hospital with difficulty breathing.
Medics immediately noticed that he would need to go into a coma to give his body a chance to recover.
And while she was unconscious, they performed an emergency caesarean section – successfully delivering 3lb 11oz to Kobe 12 weeks ago.
Kelsey, who woke up seven days later, said: “The whole thing is just amazing.
“It’s just enough to turn your head – to wake up from a coma and have a newborn.
“I know the doctors had to do this to protect the baby, but the shock doesn’t really cover it.
“Obviously, we’re all overjoyed. We’ve gone from such a terrible low to being back together as a family with our new baby.
“It’s like a miracle. The way they managed to take care of both of us is incredible. They really are miracle workers in the NHS.”
Graphic designer Kelsey, a mother of three to Spalding Lynx, said her ordeal began in August.
She continued: “I felt weak and started to go downhill within hours. The next day, I became violently ill and couldn’t stop eating anything.
“I lost my sense of smell and taste and my body started aching. I was 28 weeks pregnant and worried not only for myself but also for my baby.
“Two days after falling ill, my breathing became very difficult and an ambulance took me to the hospital where I was diagnosed. I was on ventilator and I was given the highest rate of oxygen.
“I was not in a normal position to give birth so two days after being admitted, doctors sedated me heavily and Kobe gave birth by C-section. He had to stay in the hospital for more than 40 days before being strong enough to return home.
“But he’s an incredible little fighter and he just kept on growing and never looked back.
“Can’t bear to think about what could have happened – but somehow me and Kobe and both here. We are so happy to be back home with the rest of our family.”
Kelsey’s partner Danny, 23, said: “I think the whole thing has gone crazy for Kelsey.
“Going into a coma and then getting up and having a baby, it’s a miracle.”
The jab reduced the risk of birth
You’re at increased risk of serious infection in your third trimester — even if you’re healthy and young, since Kelsey was 23.
Even in a normal pregnancy, there is extra pressure on your lungs.
If you have a baby sitting around that is preventing you from breathing properly – and then you get covid badly – the best thing we can do is to give birth to the baby.
That is why we are trying to urge pregnant women to get vaccinated.
We have not seen similar problems in vaccinated women.
We know that hiccups occur in pregnant women, but we want to reassure them that the data do not show any increased risk to the baby.
Dr Joe Mountfield is an NHS obstetrician