After contracting COVID-19 in late March, Dr. Perpetual Uke was admitted to the critical care unit and then placed in a medically induced coma. While in the coma, the doctors were able to deliver twins at 26 weeks on April 10.
Dr. Uke, who is a rheumatology consultant at Birmingham City Hospital, was still in a coma for a little over two weeks after giving birth. She finally woke up on the 16th day after her delivery and was “so confused,” the BBC reports. “When they showed me the pictures, they were so tiny, they didn’t look like human beings, I couldn’t believe they were mine,” she said.
The babies had to spend 116 days in the hospital after being born because they were born premature, but Dr. Uke told the BBC that they are “getting better as the days go by.” She also said, “I had never wanted them to go through this difficult path at the start of their lives. They couldn’t see their mum for two weeks, which obviously made me very sad but, importantly, things had progressed well.”
Her husband, Matthew, explained to the BBC the fear he felt as he waited for his wife to wake up from her coma. “It was really terrifying… every passing day I was hoping my wife was not among those who are dead,” he said, “We are a team, the idea she might not be there was really difficult to accept.”
In the end, she was able to be a mother to four healthy children.