Mum, 21, who gave birth in Covid coma is home for Xmas after months in intensive care


Saskia Lane has her baby delivered by C-section at the end of August. After being kept in intensive care for three months, she is now finally fit to return home in time to spend Christmas with her new baby girl

An elated mum will spend Christmas with her baby daughter who was delivered by c-section while she was in a coma
An elated mum will spend Christmas with her baby daughter who was delivered by c-section while she was in a coma

A young mum who gave birth in an induced coma due to Covid will spend Christmas with her baby daughter after being in intensive care for three months.

Saskia Lane tested positive for Covid in August and was admitted to intensive care at Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath after breathing difficulties.

The 21-year-old, who was eight months pregnant at this time, was sent down for an emergency C-section in September to help her body recover.

But Saskia wasn’t woken up following the birth of her baby daughter, Betsy Mae Blackman, now three-months-old, because doctors thought being put in an induced coma would give her the best chance of survival.

She remained in the unconscious state for three weeks before being brought round on September 25.

Baby Betsy met her mum for the first time on September 30 after partner, Lee Blackman, 23, brought her in.

Saskia spent nearly three months in intensive care
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Remarkably, Saskia was able to go home on November 6 to her partner and two children – Betsy and Eliza, two – and is able to spend Christmas at home with her family.

Saskia explained: “Seeing Betsy for the first time was like giving birth all over again but this time, I was awake and there was an overwhelming sense of achievement.

“Although I met her a month later, I was just so relieved we was finally together and I could finally start a bond with my baby after being separated for so long.

Saskia said she was so glad to be able to spend time and bond with her baby

“I was in so much pain – unable to speak, still ventilated, but none of that mattered during that special moment.

“I remember not wanting to ever let go; it was the hardest goodbye seeing them leaving the hospital and all I wanted was to go back with them and start our journey as a family of four.

“I began giving up hope that I was ever going to come home because everyday was so different; I hadn’t seen the outside world since August so it was very scary coming home.

“Once I arrived home, it was like I had never left and just sitting on my sofa being able to hold and feed my baby was how it should have been from the beginning.

“Our tree is up and we are getting into the Christmas spirit and this year, it feels even more special to me and my family because at one point, they thought I wouldn’t be here to be able to celebrate it.

Saskia will be spending Christmas with her family and her new baby, Betsy
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The mum-of-two was admitted to hospital in August with breathing complications
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“It’s Betsy’s first Christmas and Eliza is starting to understand the magic of Christmas and it would have broken me if I had missed Christmas with my children so I feel like the luckiest mummy in the world.”

After being reunited with her children on September 30, Saskia wanted to carry on fighting so she could make it home in time for Christmas with her family.

But despite the excitement of coming home, Saskia was left feeling anxious after losing her independence whilst in hospital.

She added: “After seeing Betsy and then finally being reunited with Eliza, it gave me so much strength to keep fighting so I could get home to my girls.

“I was scared to come home; I kept questioning the nurses because I wasn’t sure it was 100% safe.

“As much as I wanted to go home, I was so anxious about something going wrong again and I had completely lost my independence.

Saskia felt like she lost much of her independence while in hospital
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“I felt so proud of myself that I had made it home and once I was there, all those worries went away.

“It’s still early days, I definitely have good and bad days.

“I have long term covid and my lungs are still not considered normal which does affect my day-to-day life.

“This whole experience has impacted me both physically and mentally but I try my best to focus on the positives that I’m alive and hopefully have the rest of my life enjoying my amazing children.

Saskia’s older daughter Eliza is just starting to feel the magic of Christmas, her mum said
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“I’m having therapy to help me recover mentally from this trauma and do have regular hospital appointments to monitor my recovery and lung changes.

“But I try my best to think it could have turned out a lot worse, two young children could have lost their mummy and I’m just glad they will never remember that time in their lives.”

The family are already planning their Christmas Day and say it will be more special than ever now that Saskia is able to join in with the festive fun.

Saskia thanked her “close family” for keeping “my name alive” for Eliza while trying to make her life as normal as possible while her mum was away from home.

She wanted to share her story to urge other pregnant women to get their jab as she wishes she’d done “before it was too late”.

She said: “More and more unvaccinated pregnant women are ending up in a coma or even sadly losing their lives due to Covid so please talk to a doctor or midwife to get the correct information about the vaccination rather than being brainwashed by social media posts.”

Saskia thanked the “incredible” NHS for saving her life and allowing her to continue her “favourite job in thee world, being a mum.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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