Wolverhampton’s mother remembers losing Covid’s unborn child as she urges others to be stabbed

Wolverhampton’s mother remembers losing Covid’s unborn child as she urges others to be stabbed
Rachel lost her unborn child to the virus

Rachel, from Bilston, is now urging others to get the vaccine – especially those in black and ethnic minority communities who are reluctant.

The 38-year-old mother of one who was admitted to New Cross Hospital after suffering Covid symptoms when she was 19 weeks pregnant became so ill that she did not even know she had given birth.

“I was heavily stunned a lot of the time, and from what I’re told by my family, my chances did not look very good,” Rachel added.

“They tried to get the baby to survive to 28 weeks, but unfortunately my son was stillborn after 24 weeks.

“I actually did not know I had given birth. I was on drugs so they would tell me when I was not anesthetized and the obstetrician informed me a few days later.

“My feelings were unbelievable – for a moment you have to scan and reveal gender, name the baby and get excited, and then there was this sudden loss.

“I could only see him once. Normally I would have been able to spend a lot more time with him and hold him. But I did not get to do that because of the circumstances.

“It was very difficult for my partner (Austin) because he was also suffering. He had just lost his child, I was in a coma and when I came, I was in the hospital for another two and a half months. I have an 18 -year-old, so it was also a terrible time for him.

“We are all crushed over our loss. We were all very excited about this new life, so we were left with nothing.”

After such a long time in the hospital and after suffering the loss of her son, Rachel had new challenges.

“The coma had paralyzed me – I literally could not stand, so I could not walk, and I lost my voice for a month because of the trachea,” she added.

“I was going to have a physiotherapist. I was in three different forms of life support and dialysis. It’s not something I want anyone to go through.

“It has affected my ability to perform everyday tasks, I have had to take time off from work, it has not only caused damage to my life, but also that of others. It has made me value my life much more. ”

Rachel spent more than three months at New Cross Hospital. Photo: Paul Turner

Rachel wanted the vaccine when she was pregnant, but at the time, there was still uncertainty about whether expectant women should have it.

“I initially went to get the vaccine, but at the time, the advice was not to get it,” she said.

“I thought I wanted the vaccine when I had the baby, but that was not the intention.”

Rachel is now fully vaccinated and wants everyone not to do the same, especially those in black and ethnic minority communities.

“I would say take it. It’s a two minute thing that can save months of pain if you end up like I was,” she urged.

“It’s really important. The news says there is a fairly low enrollment – it seems that black and ethnic minority women, if they are pregnant and unvaccinated, are more likely to be on intensive care. The evidence and data are there . “

Rachel would also like to acknowledge the care and support she has received from the staff who cared for her.

“New Cross Hospital has been very supportive. I had a mourning midwife who organized everything for me, ”she said.

“I was really grateful for the care and all their expertise. It could have been completely different because not only was my son buried, but I could have been too. So I’m very grateful to them.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all the nurses and doctors at ICCU and everyone at Glenfield Hospital.

“The staff brought Jaxon to the ICCU, and I got a special book with his handprints, and they also helped with funeral arrangements.”

Incredibly, one of Rachel’s cousins, Shem McLeod, was also pregnant, captured Covid and was in a coma around the same time, but her story had a happier ending when her little son survived.

“She went through exactly the same thing as me and we supported each other all the way through,” Rachel said. “It’s unfortunate that we had to go through that, but we at least had to share it.”

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