Woman placed into COVID-19 coma gives birth to twins

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Perpetual Uke didn’t meet her twin babies — a boy and a girl — until 16 days later. She’s since recovered.

A woman who was in an induced coma with coronavirus for almost a month gave birth to twins by Caesarean section. 

Perpetual Uke was a rheumatology consultant at Birmingham City Hospital in the United Kingdom when she fell ill from the virus in March. She was put on a ventilator at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Rheumatology consultant Perpetual Uke and her husband, Matthew, hold Palmer and Pascal, the twin babies she gave birth to in April while in an induced COVID-19 coma. (Photo: Sky News)

During Uke’s month-long coma, doctors delivered her babies, both for their safety and that of their mother. 

“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 anymore. I was really worried,” she told Sky News. 

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

Uke did not meet her babies — a boy and a girl — until 16 days later. 

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

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She and her husband, Matthew, are both happy they’re all well.

Matthew Uke told BBC News “every passing day, I was hoping my wife was not among those who are dead… We are a team, [and] the idea she might not be there was really difficult to accept. 

But she did recover. She and her babies left the hospital to a standing ovation from the staff. 

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She said the children, named Pascal and Palmer, are developing “wonderfully.” 

The United Kingdom has more than 1.45 million coronavirus cases and from it suffered over 53,000 deaths. The virus has killed over four times as many Americans in the United States. 

“Coming home was the real healing point for me,” said the happy mom. “It’s just a miracle what happened, to come out of this.”

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