Her newborn baby boy had been taken away because she had Covid-19 and was never able to hold him.
After Sarah Scully, 35, gave birth her health deteriorated and she was put into an induced coma for a month before dying.
Sarah Scully, 35, gave birth to a baby boy by emergency c-section but she wasn’t allowed to hold him, before she was placed into an induced coma for a month before dying
“We were really close, she always asked my advice, we were like best friends.
A new mum diagnosed with coronavirus while pregnant died before being able to hold her newborn, her heartbroken family says.
“She was loyal, honest, caring, just a lovely daughter and mum. Now all that is gone.”
Her grieving mum Elizabeth, from Erdington, told Birmingham Live : “She didn’t get to meet her baby and hug him.
Sarah started to complain of fatigue, muscle pains and shortness of breath.
Sarah became ill after her mum Elizabeth was unwell in early April – she had spent eight days covering for ill colleagues at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust.
But on Easter Sunday, Sarah had an emergency c-section.
Sarah and Elizabeth were both tested for Covid-19 and told to wait five days for the results.
Her midwife reassured her that these were normal symptoms for someone who was heavily pregnant, her family said.
Just hours later she deteriorated and was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where she was put into an induced coma to help her body fight off the virus.
She was separated from her baby because of her suspected coronavirus but recovered quickly from the operation.
But Sarah’s kidneys failed and she developed septicaemia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
Mum Elizabeth was by Sarah’s side when her ventilator was turned off on May 12, a month after she gave birth. Sarah died a short time later.
A funeral for Sarah, who had a twin brother, Keiron, was held last Wednesday with a limited number of mourners due to social distancing rules.