A hospital consultant who gave birth to twins while in a coronavirus coma described the birth of the babies as a “miracle.”
Perpetual Uke, a rheumatology consultant, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham when she contracted Covid-19 in April and placed on a ventilator in a medically induced coma when her condition worsened.
The doctors decided to deliver the babies by caesarean section in case their mother did not recover. Her deadline was mid-July, but the babies were delivered at just 26 weeks.
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“I couldn’t see my blow and I thought my babies were gone,” she told Metro. “It’s just a miracle what happened to get out of this.
“We are all doing very well. I remember getting sick and the ambulance came to take me, and then I was in a coma.
“Getting out of the coma was the worst aspect. I had nightmares. I was mistaken, I couldn’t see the blow and I thought my babies were gone and my whole family was dead.
“It was a very, very anxious time for my husband and children, and even after I woke up, I couldn’t see my babies for more than two weeks.”
The babies, a girl named Sochika Palmer and a boy named Osinachi Pascal, weighed only 765 grams (27 ounces) and 850 g (30 ounces) at birth. They were taken to the neonatal intensive care unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital while Uke was recovering.
Uke’s anxious husband, Matthew, answered their prayers 16 days later when she came out of her coma and began her path to recovery, she told Metro.
Since then, the Birmingham City Hospital doctor has reunited with the babies, her husband and her two other children, Nnamdi Ronald, 12, and Chisimdi Claire, 11.
“Going home was the real healing point for me,” she said. “The family is already together and we are all very, very happy.”