Danielle Johnson was in a coma when her second baby was born
Danielle Johnson, 24, went into labour five weeks early after catching pneumonia, forcing doctors to put her in a drug induced coma to save both their lives.
Lucas was born healthy, but when medics tried to wake up his mum, Ms Johnson's body did not respond and she remained in a coma for 20 days.
When she eventually woke up she thought just a few hours had passed and was convinced she had lost the baby and the nurses had turned against her.
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The mum-of-two was so convinced her son had died that she attacked her brother when he showed her a picture of Lucas, because she thought he was lying.
She was not well enough to meet him until he was 24 days old but she did not have the strength pick him up and cuddle him for the first time until he was ten-weeks-old.
But after initially struggling to bond with her second baby, a year on proud mum Ms Johnson has an amazing relationship with her two children.
Ms Johnson from Manchester, said: "I had hallucinated and thought all the nurses were horrible and I thought they were trying to kill me and that the baby had died.
"I just kept saying 'you need to get me out of here' and 'prove it' when they said the baby was alive.
It was just horrendous – I was just all over the place
Husband Freddie Johnson
"My heart started pounding. I was so upset. I just couldn't understand."
When Ms Johnson became pregnant she was hoping she was going to have a son.
Ms Johnson said Lucas's father, Freddie, was "very excited."
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She added: "I was really relaxed about being pregnant as I knew what was happening because he was my second baby."
The 24-year-old mum suffered confusion following the coma and refused to believe her son was alive
Everything was normal, but when Ms Johnson was 35-weeks pregnant when she started to feel unwell with a cough and cold.
She went to the doctor who told her she had a chest infection and gave her antibiotics, but a few days later, on Christmas Day 2015, Danielle had pains in her stomach.
Her mum, Joanne Brennan, 49, took Ms Johnson to hospital after she began having difficulty breathing, and doctors discovered she had pneumonia.
It was causing her to go into early labour and then put her in an induced coma for 24-hours to deliver her baby on Boxing Day.
Lucas – who at that point didn't have a name – was born perfectly healthy weighing six lbs.
Doctors tried to wake his mum up the next day but she was unresponsive.
The infection had caused the fluid in her lungs to harden.
Ms Johnson and Freddie, 23, are not married so he was unable to take him home until a week later when Joanne was registered as the baby's next of kin.
Freddie, Ms Brennan and Ms Johnson's twin sister Emma, 24, looked after the newborn and Danielle's daughter, Mia, six, while the new mum remained unconscious.
Freddie said: "It was just horrendous – I was just all over the place.
"It was great meeting Lucas but I just wanted Danielle to wake up and meet him too."
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As a last resort new drugs were shipped from Canada but Ms Brennan was told if this didn't work there was "no plan B".
The grandmother-of-three said: "They said 'this is the last thing we can try with her, the next 48 hours are crucial'.
"'If the drugs don't start working there's nothing else we can do'.
Thankfully just hours after the medication was administered – and 20 days after being put in a coma – Ms Johnson woke up.
But as soon as she came around she screamed out in pain and apologising for losing her baby.
The proud mum has now bonded with her son Lucas
She was convinced it was still 2015 and that only a number of hours had passed since she went in for a c-section.
Ms Johnson's brother Stephen even showed her a picture of her son to try and convince her he wasn't dead – but thought he was tricking her with a pic of her nephew.
Two days later Ms Johnson started to come around and realised Lucas was alive.
She said: "When it sunk in that what went on in my head didn't actually happen – it was such a relief. I was very emotional. I just remember thinking: 'Thank God for that – he's fine, everything's fine.'"
Four days later Ms Johnson was finally well enough to meet her little son and she burst into tears and named him Lucas.
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