A dad and husband had to make the terrible decision of whether to save his wife or his unborn child after the baby’s mum went went into a coma from Covid-19.
Christina Jones, 39, was diagnosed with coronavirus on February 18 while she was 30 weeks pregnant.
After being taken to hospital, she continued to deteriorate and was put on a ventilator on March 1, reports WalesOnline.
The following day, the hospital called Christina’s husband Nick and told him that that doctors wanted to deliver the baby by emergency C-section.
Nick, 45, was then met by a surgeon and grief counsellor at the hospital.
“Clearly it’s not a good thing when you’re met by a grief counsellor and taken to one side, I thought she’d gone at that point,” Nick said.
Speaking to WalesOnline, Nick confided that the surgeon told him the only option they had to save Christina’s life was to deliver the baby prematurely.
“He said: 'Your wife is as ill as you can possibly get’,” he added.
Doctors then presented Nick with a terrible choice that no-one should ever have to make.
“Before she went into surgery they said if we can save one I had to choose. I said it would be my wife.”
The couple's daughter was delivered via a C-section on March 2, weighing just 3lbs 6oz.
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“All she had was a heartbeat, she was lifeless,” said Christina.
“They said surgery would be quick but they had me in there for three hours because they couldn’t stop me bleeding.
“My little girl, who's only 10 years old, sent me a text message when I was sleeping saying: ‘Mummy, you’re not going to see this when you’re sleeping but when you wake up the baby’s name is Angel but you can change it if you want’.”
When Nick told his wife the temporary name of the baby Christina thought it was “beautiful” and decided to keep it.
As well as being unable to see his newborn daughter Nick was also unable to see his wife while she remained gravely ill in hospital.
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Christina, who works on the accounts for car sales business Carrera Cars, Aberdare, which is run by Nick, was unable to see her daughter until the newborn was two weeks old.
“When I woke up they gave me a picture of the baby and I didn’t even remember I was pregnant, didn’t even know the baby was mine,” she said.
Christina remained in the ICU for five days where she says she had to learn to walk again. “I literally couldn’t do anything,” she continued. “I had been in bed for so long I had muscle wastage.”
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Baby Angel is now back at home with her loving family in Nelson and is said to be doing “amazingly”, despite her due state still not having arrived.
Christina said she still has headaches and feels tired and weak but is now able to walk short distances without getting breathless.
“I’m just over the moon that we’re both here because there are so many people losing their lives. I’m just high on life that we both survived," Christina said.
Nick added: “It was incredible to see, when she came out and we all got together, how happy things were.”
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