COVID-hit mother wakes up from coma to find she has given birth to twins

November 29, 2020
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Perpetual Uke, a rheumatology consultant at Birmingham City Hospital, fell ill with flu-like symptoms in late March.

She was taken to the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and ended up on a ventilator, in an induced coma, and her babies were born by caesarean section.

When she came out of the coma, she thought they hadn’t survived.

Mrs Uke told Sky News: “I was pregnant at 24 to 25 weeks, at that stage, and by the time I woke up, I was so disorientated. I thought I’d lost my pregnancy because I couldn’t see my bump any more. I was really worried.

“Sometimes I look at them in tears, I never knew they would make it. It is amazing what medical professional science can offer”.

Palmer, a girl, and Pascal, a boy, were born on 10 April at just 26 weeks old, weighing only 770g and 850g.

They were placed in incubators on the specialist neonatal intensive care unit.

Mrs Uke spent another 16 days on the critical care unit – before eventually meeting them.

“They were so tiny they didn’t look like my older kids, I couldn’t touch them, I felt so emotional,” she said.

Her husband Matthew was not only worried for his wife’s life, he was also caring for premature twins and their older children Ronald and Claire.

Mr Uke said that initially his wife had been talking to the family via video when she was admitted to hospital, but when she went into intensive care that stopped.

“I had mixed feelings when the twins were brought out”, he said.

“But my wife was still in a coma, sick, I couldn’t talk to her. I was happy the twins were delivered but the thing is, is my wife coming home?”

Mrs Uke and the twins did leave hospital to claps from staff and all are recovering well at home.

She said she thought the twins, who are developing “wonderfully”, would “grow up to be good playmates, you see them chatting together, laughing together”.

Mr Uke said they’d brought them “so much joy”.

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