This was the emotional moment a new mum was clapped out of hospital after surviving a coronavirus coma and the premature birth of her baby.
Eva Ahmed, 28 and with no underlying health conditions, said she developed Covid-19 symptoms 28 weeks into her pregnancy.
But after giving birth on November 16, Eva’s lungs started to fail and she had to be put into an induced coma.
Eva, from Wednesbury, in the West Midlands, said: ‘My lungs began to give up and I was put into an induced coma, vented up, not knowing if I would walk out of that hospital or come out in a black body bag.
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‘It got to the point where it became very touch and go because I wasn’t responding.
‘I can’t remember much, I just remember hallucinations, thinking the doctors were evil and trying to kill me. Actually they saved my life and helped me so much.
‘They tried to show me pictures of my baby and a blanket as a way of bonding but I didn’t want to see them.
‘I think they thought I was refusing her but actually I didn’t want them to rub it in, the fact I couldn’t see her or touch her.
Eva Ahmed, 28, pictured with her husband Imtiaz (Picture: BPM Media)
‘I just felt that as long as she was alive, she would be looked after. I needed a lot more recovery to be able to look after her myself.’
She stayed in Walsall Manor Hospital for five days while her newborn baby daughter, Aiyla, was rushed into intensive care.
The tiny baby weighed just 2lb 2oz, having been born 12 weeks early and via C-section.
On the fifth day, Eva began to come round and started breathing for herself.
She was moved to an isolated room on the labour ward and given a coronavirus test, which showed she was no longer contagious.
When her baby was 10 days old, Eva and her husband Imtiaz were finally able to see little Aiyla.
‘I had come back from death’
‘It was like some kind of miracle. It was really emotional, I couldn’t believe it, that she was here and all that I had been through. I had come back from death,’ said Eva, who works in investigations administration.
‘I was so happy. It could so easily have gone another way. For my husband, it had been so hard too, being away from his wife and child.
‘My mum had begged them to let her put on PPE and sit with me in my coma but they said she couldn’t because she would risk catching Covid-19.
Baby Aiyla was born 12 weeks early, weighing just 2lb 2oz (Picture: BPM Media)
‘Aiyla was in an incubator but we were able to take her out and enjoy some skin-to-skin time. She latched on straight away. She’s really cute.’
On the same day Eva was finally able to go home.
She was stunned when medical staff lined the corridor and clapped her as she left with Imtiaz, who is a restaurant worker.
‘They didn’t think I was going to make it’
‘It was overwhelming when they clapped for us, it was a complete surprise and very emotional,’ said Eva.
‘A lot of the nurses who looked after me before the coma came to see me and said they didn’t think I was going to make it. I had never been in hospital before, never had flu or anything like that.
‘The staff were so supportive, I had a lot of mind power all around me. I thanked them so much for the fact I was alive and my husband was thanking them too.
‘At the end of the corridor, I rang a bell to say I had survived.’
The new mum was clapped out of hospital in an emotional moment (Picture: BPM Media)
Aiyla is recovering well but is likely to have to stay in hospital until she reaches her due date of February 4, 2021.
Eva added: ‘She’s really cheeky. I can’t believe she’s already opening her eyes and waving her hands.
‘I don’t like that she’s in hospital and we’re not with her all the time, I’m struggling with that.
‘But I’m still quite dependent on my husband. I wouldn’t be able to look after her yet, I’m healing still myself. I still have a tickly cough that doesn’t go.’
‘You don’t know until it happens to you’
The mum added she had been anxious she had put her daughter at risk of Covid-19.
‘I had been really careful during my pregnancy,’ she explained.
‘I said to the doctors: “How could I have put her through this?”
‘But they said no-one gets Covid on purpose and that it’s really hard to detect where you get it from.
‘My family really want to see her, we can’t explain to them just how tiny she is. It’s unlikely they’ll be able to see her until February and they’re really struggling with that.
‘It really hit home for my family because it had happened to someone so close to them. You don’t know what it’s like until it happens to you, you can’t explain, it’s horrible.’
Eva added she was ‘so grateful’ for the fact she and her daughter survived their ordeal.
‘The world stood still for my family and loved ones but they didn’t give up, they prayed for me,’ she concluded.
‘I am now home and wanted to share this part of my life because I beg for every single person who reads this not to take life for granted.
‘Keep your loved ones as close as you can. Life is short and not everyone may get a second chance like me.’
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