Perpetual Uke, a British rheumatologist, woke up from a coma to find that she had given birth to twins when she was unconscious. Suffering from a virulent form of Covid-19, she was hospitalized in Birmingham (United Kingdom) last April while she was pregnant. His situation required him to be placed on a ventilator and in an artificial coma, according to several British media, including The Guardian this Thursday, November 19.
The patient was initially due to give birth in July. Doctors decided to induce delivery, however, and performed a cesarean section after just 26 weeks of pregnancy. They feared that their patient’s condition would never improve. The very premature babies, a boy and a girl, weighed 850 and 765 grams respectively at birth.
“I couldn’t believe they were mine”
Covid patient’s twins delivered while she was in an induced coma https://t.co/0wJcR3DSq1
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) November 18, 2020
The twins are doing well
They were named Osinachi Pascal and Sochika Palmer. Perpetual Uke and her husband Matthew were already parents to a 12-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. The mother finally came out of a coma 16 days after the twins were born. She explained to Metro having believed that she had lost the babies when she did “Not seen her rounded belly”. The Briton confirms that she and the newborns are doing well.
The twins were first taken to the neonatal intensive care unit at another facility in Birmingham. Their mother has started to recover and has since been discharged from the hospital. “Being back home allowed me to get better”, she testifies. Perpetual Uke qualifies as « miracle » the fact of having woken up, feeling better, and being able to be with her husband and their four children since August.