29-year-old new mom dies from coronavirus without meeting son, days after giving birth
- Fozia Hanif, 29, passed away in Birmingham Heartlands Hospital on Wednesday, April 8, after developing a blood clot
- The new mother had tested positive for the coronavirus during pre-natal check-up while she was pregnant
- The 29-year-old mother gave birth at 31 weeks through cesarean but due to her condition, she only saw photos of her baby before passing away
- Ayaan Hanif Ali, her son, tested negative for the virus but remained in hospital
A 29-year-old mother died of coronavirus just days after giving birth - before ever getting to see her baby.
Fozia Hanif had just celebrated her 29th birthday when her ventilator was turned off in Birmingham Heartlands Hospital.
After losing a child during her first pregnancy in 2019, Fozia made sure she was going to the hospital for regular maternity check-ups during her second pregnancy, Daily Mail reports.
During one visit it was discovered she had a slight fever and later tested positive for COVID-19.
“They said we are going to keep her here to find out and we are going to do a COVID test and they kept her for 2 days," Fozia’s husband, Wajid Ali, said.
"The test came back positive and the next day they said it was mild and we can go home. After four days she had difficulty breathing and we called the ambulance," he added.
When the ambulance arrived they checked her vitals and everything was alright in terms of her blood pressure and sugar levels, but they still had to take her into the hospital.
She gave birth to her baby Ayaan Hanif Ali, at 31 weeks on Thursday, April 2, by Caesarean section just two days after her admission at the hospital.
Fozia, who worked for probation services in Birmingham magistrate's court, was taken to a recovery ward after the birth, but her condition deteriorated.
She was relocated to an ICU ward where she was put onto a ventilator where she was not able to receive visitors and her family were only able to have a few phone calls with her.
The family said most of the communication around her condition was between her doctors and the family – though these were just once a day and often quite late.
“I think it brought us more anxiety ... At one stage we were told she was getting better.
"It gave us proper hope … we got excited. They took her to the recovery ward, they gave her the phone… we actually spoke to her," her father, Nabil Hanif said.
Due to her condition, Fozia was not able to see her baby and only saw pictures of him before she passed.
Fozia’s husband got a call days after her submission to the ICU to say that her condition had deteriorated, she had developed a blood clot and was in a coma.
Her ventilator was turned off on April 8, 2020, leaving her family devastated.
Baby Ayaan tested negative for COVID-19 but remains in hospital.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Kenneth Yeboah, 55, a Ghanaian indigene based in the UK has died of the deadly coronavirus. He reportedly died on his birthday, Wednesday, April 1, while on admission at Newham Hospital.
Kenneth, a bus driver, is among the 10 London transport workers believed to have been killed by the COVID-19.
His wife, Charlotte Yeboah, told UK’s Evening Standard, that Kenneth was also a deacon at a church in Dagenham and had been "lively and bubbly" leading worship on stage a little over a week before being admitted to hospital.
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