'Miracle': hospital consultant gives birth to twins while in coronavirus coma

Laverne Higgins
November 21, 2020

A hospital consultant who woke up from a coma to discover she'd given birth to twins says it's a "miracle" they're both safe and well.

She was admitted to a respiratory ward via the Emergency Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham but due to a deterioration in her condition, she was quickly transferred to the Critical Care Unit.

Uke feared she would be unable to safely deliver her children, and within weeks, she was put into an induced coma for nearly a month.

Perpetual Uke was six months pregnant when she fell seriously ill with Covid.

The Birmingham City Hospital doctor's anxious husband Matthew and her two other children - Nnamdi Ronald, 12, and Chisimdi Claire, 11 - had their prayers answered 16 days later when she came out of her coma and began her road to recovery.

"I couldn't see my bump and I thought my babies were gone", she told Metro. I had nightmares. I was delusional, I couldn't see my bump and I thought my babies were gone and all my family had died.

'Coming home was the real healing point for me, ' she said.

The babies, though, were born 16 days earlier by C-section and cared for in the neonatal unit.

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Sochika Palmer weighed just 770 grams while her brother, Osinachi Pascal, weighed 850 grams.

Uke's husband, Matthew Uke, recalled the mixed emotions the day his wife gave birth.

'It was really hard at first as during my sedation I had some really terrifying vivid dreams.

Uke, who has two older children, told The Express and Star she was "very emotional" when meeting her twins for the first time.

Speaking to Sky News, the mother said: "By the time I woke up, I was so disorientated".

When Mrs Uke regained consciousness, it was the result the family had prayed for, but she said she was suffering "ICU delirium" and was "so confused". "They looked so tiny, they didn't look like human beings".

The twins, Palmer, a girl and Pascal, a boy, stayed in a Birmingham hospital where they "fought aggressively for their lives" before being discharged more than 100 days later.

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