Coronavirus ‘miracle’ as twins born prematurely while mum in coma

A hospital consultant from the West Midlands who fell ill with Covid-19 while pregnant with twins has said it’s a "miracle" both children were born safe and well.

Perpetual Uke was six months pregnant when she fell seriously ill with Covid and was forced into a coma at Birmingham City Hospital.

She woke up 16 days later to find her baby bump gone and felt "terrified" as she thought the twins had died.

In reality, doctors had performed a caesarean on Perpetual and both Sochika Palmer and Osinachi Pascal were born at just 26 weeks.

Palmer weighed just 770g while her brother, Pascal, weighed 850g.

Both twins spent their first few months being looked after by intensive care nurses and were finally discharged after 116 days in hospital.

The mum-of-four said waking up two weeks after the delivery "was unbelievable" and although hospital staff said the twins were hers, she "didn't believe" it.

She said: "When they showed me the pictures, they were so tiny, they didn't look like human beings, I couldn't believe they were mine.

"I had never wanted them to go through this difficult path at the start of their lives.

"They couldn't see their mum for two weeks, which obviously made me very sad but, importantly, things had progressed well."

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Matthew Uke, Dr Uke’s husband, said seeing his children for the first time gave him "mixed feelings" because he wasn’t sure if his wife was "going to come back".

He said: "Seeing them there, it was mixed feelings because by then my wife was still in a coma and I wasn't sure she was going to come back, so it was a mixture of feelings.

"It was really terrifying… every passing day I was hoping my wife was not among those who are dead.

"We are a team, the idea she might not be there was really difficult to accept."

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