Mother forgets own son's birth after coronavirus infection
Wales, UK - When Charlene Jones found out she was pregnant in early 2020, she couldn't believe her luck – but then crisis after crisis befell her.
As the Mirror reports, the first issue that Charlene Jones had to deal with was her doctor determining that her pregnancy was high risk.
For the next few months, the 35-year-old was in and out of the hospital.
When she finally gave birth to her baby son Harri by emergency Cesarean section on December 23, the horror finally seemed to be over, and she enjoyed her time with him to the fullest.
Unfortunately, their time together was brief. Just 48 hours after delivery, she developed pneumonia brought on by the coronavirus and had to go immediately into intensive care, where she was put into an induced coma.
Doctors indicated that she might not make it.
Meanwhile, her entire family came down with the virus. Her partner was hospitalized due to a related illness, and shortly after her mother became ill. Her three other children soon caught it as well.
It wasn't until January 5 that Charlene finally opened her eyes again – but she things weren't exactly back to normal.
The mother asks nurses if they are joking when they tell her about the birth
"I had no idea where I was or what was happening when I woke up, nothing seemed real," she told the Mirror. "I had completely forgotten those two days I had spent with my son."
She couldn't remember the birth, her child's name, let alone his weight.
"I even asked the nurses if they were joking."
The new mom then had to wait over a week to finally reacquaint herself with her baby. "I was very worried about our bond because I had been away from him for so long."
Once Charlene was finally allowed back home, things seemed to keep going downhill. Little Harri also tested positive for the coronavirus and had to go straight back to the hospital. Thankfully, and to the family's relief, he only showed mild symptoms.
The 35-year-old has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, including exhaustion, shortness of breath, and severe hair loss.
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