Anniree Muir, 23, has begged people to get the Covid jab after she refused then fell ill with the virus and her baby had to be delivered weeks early to save his life
A young mum has begged people to get the Covid vaccine after she refused her jab before becoming seriously ill with the virus.
Anniree Muir, was nearly 30 weeks pregnant when she was taken by ambulance to Bradford Royal Infirmary, on September 18.
She had tested positive for the coronavirus nine days earlier, YorkshireLive reports.
The 23-year-old quickly needed help to breathe after arriving at hospital and only days later, doctors feared for the safety of her unborn child and took the decision to deliver him by emergency Caesarean section.
Her son Jahleel weighed only 3lbs at birth and was immediately taken to the hospital’s Neonatal Unit where staff spent six weeks caring for him.
For nine days after he was born, she was only able to see pictures of her son and couldn’t hold him.
Anniree admitted she regretted not having her Covid jab when offered, and was shocked at how rapidly ill she became.
She said: “If I could go back in time, I would have said yes to the vaccine. I am going to get it now as soon as I can.
“I am not an anti-vaxxer but I was reluctant to have my jab because I was pregnant and I felt nervous about the effect it might have on the baby.
“The vaccine seemed so new and it played on my mind whether it would be safe or not.”
Her husband got the jabs but she refused them, and her symptoms were mild at first but got worse and on the 9th day, when she called 111, they sent an ambulance for her.
She said: “I would now say to anyone who is pregnant and who is nervous about the jab, talk to a health professional, talk to your midwife and get their advice because they will be able to reassure you.
“But please get the vaccine because I wouldn’t wish what I have been through on anyone.
“I have been very lucky. My baby was 33 weeks and he survived and is now doing really well. He has put on weight. But you could get COVID when your baby is much younger and then they may not survive. The risk is just not worth it.
“We had originally chosen a different name for our baby but we changed it to Jahleel, which is Jamaican and means ‘God’s gift to me’, which is exactly what he is. I know I have been very lucky and I am really thankful.”
Both mum and baby are now doing well and have been able to go home, but during her stay, she feared for her life and that of her baby.
She said: “My lungs were full of Covid and not inflating properly and the baby was putting extra pressure on my lungs so they told me the safest thing was for my baby to be delivered as soon as possible.
“When they told me that he would have to be delivered so early, I was absolutely petrified
“My daughter was full term when she was born and everything felt normal and natural. This felt so scary.
“After Jahleel was born, he was whisked away to be tested for Covid. Fortunately, he was negative but I was still unable to hold him.”
Consultant neonatologist, Sam Oddie led the team who cared for Jahleel on the Neonatal Unit, said: “In Bradford, Covid is doing harm to the health of babies because Bradford’s pregnant women haven’t taken up the Covid vaccination in high enough numbers.
“While some well-informed women have had the vaccine, too many have been put off by inaccurate information from social media.
“Sadly, Bradford has seen more than its fair share of women needing intensive care for a disease that can be prevented or made less serious by simple injections.
“When pregnant women get very ill, their babies often have to be delivered early, which adds risk and disruption to the care of the baby at a time when women are receiving intensive treatment that is already quite distressing enough.
“I urge women who are pregnant, or are considering pregnancy, to get the COVID vaccine as soon as they can.”