Mother ‘on the brink of death’ gives birth in coma: ‘Had to choose which life she wants to save’

A woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl while in a coma with COVID-19

Christina Jones, 39, was 30 weeks pregnant when she contracted the deadly virus and went into a coma.

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Doctors had no choice but to deliver her baby by cesarean section.

Christina, from Wales, had no idea she had given birth – and when she woke up, she had even forgotten she was pregnant.

She managed to hold her baby for the first time when the baby was 12 days old.

Christina Jones having a baby while in a coma. Credit: WALES NEWS SERVICE
Christina Jones with husband Nick and baby Angel. Credit: WALES NEWS SERVICE

“I was on the brink of death and the doctors had no choice but to deliver my baby,” Christina said.

“My husband, Nick, was told to choose which life to save – our baby’s or mine.”

Christina had been diagnosed with the virus and was taken to hospital after eight days of isolation.

Four days after she was given oxygen, she was put on a ventilator.

Nick, 45, could do nothing but “wait hopelessly” as he pondered an uncertain future for his wife and baby.

“They said to Nick, ‘We have to get this baby out and you have to come and sign the paperwork,'” Christina revealed.

Nick was met by a surgeon and grief counselor at the hospital – after being told the only option to save Christina’s life was to give birth to her baby.

‘Should undergo a miracle’

“Before she had surgery, they said if we could save one, I had to choose. I said it would be my wife,” Nick recalls.

“I thought about our other children who needed Christina so much.

“It was really terrible.”

Under the exceptional circumstances, Nick was allowed into the room to see Christina while she was in a coma.

My husband was told which life to save – our baby’s or mine.

For that, he had to wear a Hazmat suit with an oxygen generator.

“When I saw how sick Christina looked, I really thought it would take a miracle to get through it,” he said.

The couple’s daughter was born by Caesarean section on March 2, 2021. She weighed only 1.63 kg.

‘I had no idea I had given birth’

Christina – who is also stepmother to Nicky, 15, and mother to daughter Honey, 10 – said: “Of course I had no idea I had given birth.”

“I had surgery for three hours because they couldn’t stop me bleeding,” she explained.

“Our baby was initially not breathing when she was born and had to be moved to another room to protect her from the COVID I was carrying.”

Nick and the family decided to name the baby “Angel Grace Hope Jones,” with “Angel” initially being a temporary name.

“When I first saw our baby, I looked at her and she was so small,” he said.

“She was a little translucent.

“Her whole hand was the size of the top of my thumb.

“She was a miracle and ‘Angel’ seemed like the right name for her.”

Christina had no idea she had given birth. Credit: WALES NEWS SERVICE
Angel Jones weighed only 1.63 kg. Credit: WALES NEWS SERVICE

Christina was still seriously ill and on a ventilator, and no one of her family was allowed to see her.

“I had to go home and tell my other kids that Mom might not come home because they thought she wouldn’t make it,” Nick said.

Christina said: “My little girl, honey, who is only 10 years old, texted me when I was asleep and said, ‘Mom, you won’t see this when you sleep, but when you wake the babies. Name is Angel , but you can change it if you want’.”

Nick then asked if he could FaceTime Christina, who was still in a coma.

Nurses didn’t think she would respond, but said he could try.

“I FaceTimed and called her [name]and as I called her…she opened her eyes,” Nick said.

“You could tell she was totally lost and not quite in reality.

“But the moment that happened, I got a feeling, ‘Wow, she’s still there.’

“I believed at that point that she would get better.”

Finally, on March 8, 2021, Christina woke up and was told she had given birth to a baby girl.

‘Completely surreal’

“The nurses gave me a picture of the baby and I didn’t even know I was pregnant and I didn’t even know the baby was mine!” said Christina.

“It was completely surreal.

“I couldn’t see our daughter at first because I kept testing positive for COVID.

“She was 12 days old before I could hold her for the first time.”

Baby Angel Jones. Credit: Wales News ServiceWALES NEWS SERVICE
Angel with siblings Nicky 15 and Honey 11. Credit: WALES NEWS SERVICE

Due to the period of separation, Christina said doctors were concerned that she would not be able to bond with her daughter.

But there was no cause for alarm, as it turned out.

“I’ve wanted a baby for ten years. When I held her in my arms, the love for her was immediate and overwhelming,” said Christina.

“It was a beautiful moment full of love.

“I felt so incredibly lucky that we were both here because it could have been a completely different story.”

Christina also liked the “temporary” name Nick had given their child.

“Nick told me he gave her a temporary name ‘Angel’ and we could change it. But I thought it was a perfect name for her,” she said.

“I love the name ‘Angel’ and she really is one.”

Angel is now 15 months old and, in his own words, is doing “stunning”.

Angel Jones is doing ‘amazingly’ well. Credit: Wales News ServiceWALES NEWS SERVICE

“Angel really is the happiest, most smiling girl ever. She loves going to preschool and singing nursery rhymes,” Christina said.

“Even though she’s small for her age, she doesn’t seem to have left her behind at all.

“Even though she was premature, she crawls and cruises around, but isn’t quite walking yet.

“She can say ‘mama’ and ‘daddy’ and has the best expression of a duck.

Angel is doing well now. Credit: WALES NEWS SERVICE

“She likes vegetables and custard and waving and kissing.

“She has the most infectious smile and really lights up a room.

“I’m over the moon that we both are and survived.

“I cherish every moment.”

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