A DAD meets his newborn son for the first time, five weeks after being in a Covid coma on the day of his wife’s birth.
Andrew Allen had only caught a glimpse of baby Oliver in the picture the nurse had left for him on the hospital bed.
He was three weeks away from seeing his son for the first time in the hospital corridor.
Andrew, 32, said: “I moved wards because I was getting better and the consultant arranged for me to meet them in the hallway. That was the first time I met Oliver.
“It was overwhelming – not only did I see my son for the first time, but I also hadn’t seen my daughter at the time for about three and a half weeks.”
Andrew, of Bolton, started feeling unwell last July after an aerospace engineering company colleague tested positive for Covid-19.
Over the next ten days, he lost his sense of smell, vomited and had diarrhea but thought he might be at fault after a negative PCR test.
His wife Charlotte, 32, a retail worker, was hospitalized on July 27 and gave birth the next morning.
The increasingly sick Andrew was taken to the hospital a few hours later.
He said: “My mother called an ambulance and the paramedics listened to my breathing over the phone.
“I am not breathing properly. My mother described it as like a rattle. I was not well.
“My oxygen is very, very low and one of the worst they’ve ever seen.
“I remember I was trying to tell the medical staff that my son had been born. But I kept being told I had taken off my mask.”
Andrew was put on a ventilator and put into a medically induced coma. Then he tested positive for Covid.
Two weeks later, he woke up to a picture of his daughter Imogen, 5, and his baby.
Andrew, back to work but still recovering, said: “I knew I was going to miss my delivery with Covid, and I was in so much pain. I was very disappointed when I found out I missed out.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17330901/covid-coma-meet-baby-son/ I woke up from a five-week Covid coma and met my son for the first time