Unvaccinated mother, 28, is finally able to cuddle the son she gave birth to 11 weeks prematurely when she was still in a coma battling Covid virus that nearly killed her 

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  • Sophie Byrne ceases to quip over safety concerns of expectant mothers
  • But the 28-year-old contracted the coronavirus and had to be put on life support
  • Son delivered while she was in coma and didn’t hold him for six weeks
  • Now she is warning others to take the virus seriously and ensure they don’t fall prey to it

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An uninfected mother who gave birth to her son while he was in a coma while battling covid is now back home and able to cuddle to recover from the virus.

Dovecote’s Sophie Byrne didn’t know her son Joseph had been born 11 weeks prior by caesarean section until she regained consciousness a few days later.


The 28-year-old, who had no underlying health conditions, stopped getting the vaccine due to concerns about how safe it was for expectant mothers and was expecting a response after giving birth.

But he contracted the deadly virus and spent nine weeks at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, eventually being put on a ventilator after his condition deteriorated.

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When she regained consciousness, she was able to meet Joseph on FaceTime a few weeks after she was born, but the young mother says she fainted so much she barely remembers it.

She was still able to hold her son Joseph for the first time six weeks after giving birth to him.

Sophie Byrne (pictured), an illiterate mother who gave birth to her son while he was in a coma battling Covid, met him on FaceTime for the first time as she battled the virus

A team from Liverpool Women’s Hospital had to be brought to Royal to deliver their baby 11 weeks ago while she was still in a coma.

Baby Joseph was born on August 26 – and the mother-in-law of three had no idea the seriousness of her condition had led to the birth of her son.

Sophie’s family receives a call from the medical staff, who warn them that she cannot survive the delivery, and Joseph’s father rushes to be with them at the hospital.

Sophie said: ‘Royal staff informed my family that I could not avoid childbirth because I was too weak.

‘They allowed Joseph’s father to come in and see me but not because of the risk of Kovid to my parents.’

Despite being premature, Joseph was born healthy and was moved to a neonatal ward, while Sophie continued to battle the coronavirus on a ventilator.

Sophie's son Joseph delivered while the 28-year-old (pictured) was still unconscious

Sophie’s son Joseph delivered while the 28-year-old (pictured) was still unconscious

Sophie (top inset) was introduced to Joseph on FaceTime while he was still in the neonatal unit

Sophie (top inset) was introduced to Joseph on FaceTime while he was still in the neonatal unit

She said: ‘Even though Joseph was born 11 weeks early, he was fine. He was in intensive care for some time and then in a neonatal ward. ,

Sophie is now recovering from the virus at home, spending weeks in intensive care.

The mother-in-law of three said she was ‘still very vulnerable’, having developed pneumonia as a complication of her illness.

She said: ‘I had to learn to walk again because I had been in bed for so long. And I had to learn to eat again after having a tracheotomy. It has been tough and there is a long road ahead.

Sophie finally got to hold Joseph for the first time on the day he left the Royal.

She said: ‘I had to capture Joseph for the first time on 4 October. They let me see Joseph for the first time via FaceTime in mid-September. But I fainted a lot and now I don’t remember anything about that day.’

Amelia Byrne with her baby brother Joseph who was delivered via caesarean section while mother Sophie was on ventilator

Pictured: William holding his baby brother Joseph

28-year-old mother-in-law Sophie Byrne says Joseph is the quietest of her three children. Pictured: Amelia (left) and William (right) holding their new baby brother Joseph Byrne

After surviving her terrifying ordeal, Sophie wants to raise awareness of the seriousness of being infected with the corona virus and the need for vaccination.

She said: ‘Covid almost killed me and I had no underlying health condition. I was not vaccinated but it was because I was pregnant.

‘I’m going to get vaccinated soon now and can’t wait. People need to take this seriously. I did not doubt that Covid existed, but did not fully understand how devastating it could be.

Sophie said there was a delay in getting vaccinated while pregnant because of her uncertainty about coronavirus vaccination for expectant mothers.

Recent figures from Public Health England show that the number of fully vaccinated mothers is still low.

The Guardian reports that The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) says that only 15 percent of pregnant women have received two doses of the vaccine so far.

Women have cited a number of reasons for their reluctance, including a lack of long-term information about the dangers of vaccines to their child, vague messages about healthcare provider safety, and spreading misinformation on social media.

However, England’s top midwife has urged expectant mothers to get vaccinated, as data shows an overwhelming majority of pregnant women hospitalized with the virus have not responded.

Now that Sophie is back home with her family, she is settling into life as a mother of three and joked that Joseph is the calmest of all her newborns.

She said: ‘He is very calm and really likes to sleep.’

Sophie credits the staff of the city’s Royal Hospital for saving her life, thanking them for giving her son.


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