An NHS counselor whose premature babies were delivered by caesarean section while in a coma from Covid-19 is finally safe at home with her family.
Perpetual Uke gave birth on a ventilator in an induced coma and did not see their newborns until 16 days later.
Twins Palmer, a girl, and Pascal, a boy, stayed in a Birmingham hospital where they "fought aggressively for their lives" before being released more than 100 days later.
Perprtual, a rheumatology consultant at Birmingham City Hospital, began feeling uncomfortable with flu-like symptoms in late March.
She began a period of self-isolation after calling NHS 111, but felt increasingly uncomfortable in the days to come.
Perpetual Uke is now at home with her newborn twins after being born in induced coma on a ventilator in April while battling Covid
She was admitted to a respiratory station via the emergency department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, but was quickly transferred to the intensive care unit due to her condition worsening.
The women's hospital's High-Risk Maternity Outreach team was doing daily checkups and scans of their babies during this time when the severity of Perpetual's condition caused her to fall into an induced coma and a ventilator to take over her breathing while she was the disease fought infection.
It was then decided that it would be safer for Perpetual and her twins to have them delivered by caesarean section.
The team helped give birth to her on April 10th after 26 weeks.
Sochika Palmer weighed only 770 grams while her brother Osinachi Pascal weighed 850 grams.
Immediately after their birth, they were admitted to the specialized intensive care unit for newborns.
Perpetual was cared for in the intensive care unit for a further 16 days. During this time, her husband Matthew spent time with his new twins and the couple's other children, Nnamdi Ronald and Chisimdi Claire.
Twins Palmer, a girl, and Pascal, a boy, remained in a Birmingham hospital where they "fought aggressively for their lives" before being released more than 100 days later
The family is now celebrating being home together after a long hospital stay
On April 26th, the news that the family had prayed for came. Perpetual woke up; before being told that her twins had been delivered and were doing well in our intensive care unit.
Perpetual said, “When I woke up, I was very confused because I couldn't see my pregnancy.
“It was really difficult at first as I had some really terrible, vivid dreams while I was calming down. At first I thought I had lost my twins, husband, and other children. & # 39;
After ventilation, the mother was taken to Division 515 of the QE and then Division 3 of the Women's Hospital to continue her rehabilitation, and met her babies for the first time in their incubators.
The mother of four said, “The first time I met the twins was very emotional. I was glad we were all alive, but obviously concerned about her severe premature birth which carries its own risks.
“I never wanted you to walk this difficult path at the beginning of your life. They couldn't see their mother for two weeks, which obviously made me very sad, but most of all things had progressed well. & # 39;
Both mother and baby continued to be fine, and more than a month after her first hospitalization, Perpetual was able to return to the family home in Harborne when she saw her other children for the first time since she began to feel ill.
Perpetual and her twins were cared for at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (file photo)
Twins Palmer and Pascal continued to have 24/7 care in the intensive care unit and made progress every day before they were well enough to join their family. They were released 116 days after their lives – the family was smacked out the door by an emotional team.
Perpetual added, “Palmer and Pascal have been run professionally and with excellent care from birth. They fought aggressively for their lives and I was very emotional on the day that their 100 days in intensive care were celebrated.
"I am always grateful to God Almighty for using the amazing NICU team to restore his life."
Yvonne Heward, Birmingham Director of Newborn Care Women and Children, said: “It was a very emotional time when Perpetual was being treated in intensive care.
“Your journey has been wonderful, and the day she was released home under the care of our Neonatal Community Outreach Team (NCOT) was very emotional indeed. We have had great pleasure in caring for this wonderful family and we have the greatest admiration for them. & # 39;
Dr. Anjali Crawshaw, Consultant Respiratory Physician at UHB, said, “COVID-19 is a terrible experience for anyone developing a serious illness and that fear understandably intensifies when you are pregnant but thanks to the expert care they receive from us clinical teams in the intensive care unit and on wards 516 and 517 and the excellent care from the team at the women's hospital, we now have two healthy babies at home with their mother who is on the way to recovery. & # 39;
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