Kate Foy was stricken with wine flu and had to undergo an emergency Caesarean to save her baby
Kate Foy, 34, fell fatally ill with the killer disease doctors and when her lungs failed due to pneumonia doctors ruled she must undergo an immediate emergency Caesarean for mother and baby to stand any chance of survival.
She was put under a general anaesthetic and surgeons delivered her daughter Alice – weighing just 2lb 5oz – before putting the mother into a medically induced coma.
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Alice was whisked from the intensive care unit at Hull Royal Infirmary neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital, where she began her own battle for life.
Mrs Foy remained comatose on a ventilator for 13 days before being well enough to be woken up and told she had given birth to baby girl.
Doctors initially thought the mother-of-three was suffering from a chest infection before she was rushed into A&E when her symptoms took a dramatic downturn.
The 34-year-old was put under a general anaesthetic and surgeons delivered her daughter Alice
She said: “It was the most frightening time of my life. I didn’t want her to come that early.
It was the most frightening time of my life. I didn’t want her to come that early
“I’d heard that babies can be born prematurely and survive but I knew she was way too small and I kept refusing.
“But they couldn’t treat me properly, I wasn’t getting enough oxygen into my blood, so I had no choice but to agree.
“The last thing I remember is signing the disclaimer.”
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Husband Jim, a fish and chip shop owner, was unable to be at the birth or see Alice for the first seven days of her life due to risk he was also carrying swine flu.
Mrs Foy added: “I was only meant to be in a coma for 48 hours but my lungs weren’t working so they couldn’t wake me up.
“When they brought me round I had no concept of time, I didn’t know it had been so long. I was confused, scared, frustrated, and angry that I couldn’t be with my baby girl.
“When I gave birth to my two boys I held them straight away so it was heartbreaking to not be with her.”
The mother was then put into a medically induced coma
Despite being told to expect a hospital stay of up to six months following her traumatic ordeal in January last year, Mrs Foy made it home within six weeks.
But her daughter remained fighting for life after developing a devastating intestinal disease called necrotizing enterocolitis and also sepsis.
But miraculously she survived and was discharged at 14 weeks old.
Husband Jim was unable to witness the birth due to risk he was also carrying swine flu
Now, a year on, Mrs Foy is starting a tough training regime in preparation for a 10k run in her hometown of Hull in June.
She aims to raise £990, which is the equivalent of £10 for every day her daughter spent in intensive care.
Mrs Foy added: “Without those doctors and nurses, neither of us would be here today.”
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