A medic who gave birth to twins while in a coma due to coronavirus has described their survival as “amazing”. Perpetual Uke, a rheumatology consultant at Birmingham City Hospital in the UK ended up on a ventilator, in an induced coma in March. She was taken to the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital where fellow medics decided to deliver the babies by caesarean section. When brave Perpetual eventually came out of her coma she assumed they hadn't made it only to be presented with Palmer, a girl, and Pascal, a boy, weighing only 770g and 850g.
She said: "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".
After the twins were born 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.
She said: "They were so tiny they didn't look like my older kids, I couldn't touch them, I felt so emotional.”
Her husband Matthew was not only worried about his wife's life, he was also caring for premature twins and their older children Nnamdi Ronald and Chisimdi Claire. He said: "I had mixed feelings when the twins were brought out 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 the 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.”