'I am lucky to be alive' - Hartlepool mum who gave birth in a coma while fighting covid returns home

A mum who delivered her baby while in a coma as she fought coronavirus admits she is “lucky to be alive” after returning home to her family.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 7:00 am

Carrie-Anne Osborne, 32, didn’t meet her baby girl until five weeks after she was born via caesarean as she fought for her own life in a coma.

The Hartlepool mum-of-four was self-isolating at home after testing positive for Covid-19 on December 29 and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, in the early hours of January 6 after her condition deteriorated.

Doctors put Carrie-Anne into a coma and delivered her baby at just 33 weeks the same day.

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Carrie-Anne Osborne meeting her baby girl Storm Osborne-Duncan for the first time - five weeks after giving birth in a coma.
Carrie-Anne Osborne meeting her baby girl Storm Osborne-Duncan for the first time - five weeks after giving birth in a coma.

Unable to see Carrie-Anne in hospital, her worried family had to rely on daily phone calls with medical staff to find out her condition.

Sister Leanne Osborne said: “She was really poorly – it was touch and go.

"We thought she wasn’t going to survive and we were told to expect the worst.”

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Storm Osborne-Duncan was delivered by cesarean while her mum was in a coma.

Carrie-Anne spent more than four weeks in a coma as she battled Covid-19 pneumonia which caused her left lung to collapse.

But the brave mum proved herself to be a fighter and was able to fully come round from the coma on February 7.

It was only then that she realised she had given birth to her daughter, Storm Osborne-Duncan, who weighed just 3lb 10oz.

Baby Storm spent four weeks in hospital until her dad, Lewis, brought her home on January 28.

Left, Carrie-Anne Osborne with baby Storm Osborne-Duncan. Right, Carrie-Anne reunited with her children Poppy, seven, Willow, three, and Sky, one.

On February 18, five weeks after she was born, Carrie-Anne met her baby for the first time, calling the experience “surreal”.

On surviving her ordeal, Carrie-Anne, who is also mum to Poppy, seven, Willow, three, and Sky, one, added: “There’s no better feeling.

"I feel on top of the world.”

After leaving the Covid ward, Carrie-Anne was moved to Westview Lodge care home for a fortnight before returning home on March 10.

Left, Carrie-Anne Osborne learning to walk again in hospital after coming out of a coma. Right, Carrie-Anne putting her rainbow on the coronavirus survivors wall in hospital.

But she remains very weak and still struggles with her mobility and breathing.

"I still can’t walk. I am breathless all of the time,” she said.

"When I was in Westview Lodge I was told a bit more [about what happened to me] and it’s made me realise how lucky I am to be alive.

“The staff there were absolutely fantastic. The NHS intensive care staff were also brilliant.

"I am so pleased to be home.”

A fundraiser to support Carrie-Anne and her children through the ordeal has raised more than £1,000.

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