December 5, 2021

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Mum put in coma after giving birth with Covid finally holds her baby weeks later

A ‘healthy’ mum who was put in a coma after giving birth while critically ill with Covid-19 has finally cradled her newborn baby for the first time.

Elsa Larkins’ husband Tommy feared both she and their premature daughter Florence would die as doctors battled to save the 34-year-old mum, who had no underlying health conditions.

Doctors had not seen an expectant mother as sick as Elsa, who was seven months pregnant, and they feared she might die after she was rushed to Kingston Hospital, in south-west London, just after Christmas.

Tommy was told to prepare to lose Elsa, his unborn daughter or both, and was told to say goodbye before Florence was delivered two months early by emergency Caesarean section on January 5.

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Mum Elsa Larkins cuddles her baby daughter Florence
Mum Elsa Larkins cuddles her baby daughter Florence in hospital

NHS then staff then battled to save the tiny infant, who weighed just 3lbs 5oz (1.5kg) and was immediately put on life support, and mum Elsa, who was put in a coma in the intensive care unit, Sky News reports.

Both were placed on a ventilator.

Doctors said the emergency C-section was a risky procedure, but they felt they had no choice in their battle to save both lives.

Baby Florence Larkins in hospital
Florence weighed just 3lbs 5oz (1.5kg) when she was delivered prematurely

Elsa and Tommy Larkins pose for a photo
Tommy Larkins feared his wife Elsa and their daughter both wouldn’t survive

The baby was pushing up on Elsa’s lungs and making it difficult for her to breathe properly.

When Elsa was brought out of her coma two weeks later, her first thoughts were of Florence.

The mum, who was moved from ICU to a maternity ward, said: “That was very, very hard. They kept saying ‘tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow’ because I kept asking them every single day.

“The answer was always tomorrow because I wasn’t getting better.”

She had to wait several days before she could see her daughter for the first time.

It was an emotional reunion that Elsa and Tommy feared wouldn’t happen.

Baby Florence Larkins is held up by her mum Elsa
Florence, who was born on January 5, is getting stronger, her parents say

Elsa and Tommy Larkins pose for a selfie
Elsa and Tommy are hoping they’ll be able to bring Florence home soon

The thought of cuddling her baby for the first time gave her the strength to get out of bed and get better.

Elsa, now recovering at home, said: “It was incredible, seeing how little and fragile she is. There are no words. We didn’t plan it like this.”

Tommy said in a previous interview: “To potentially lose the pair of them on the same night was terrible. I’d never wish it on anybody else.

“She was really sick. I’d been told to say my last goodbye to my other half – and to my unborn baby as well.

“Your world comes crashing down.”

Florence remains in hospital but her parents are hoping she will be healthy enough to go home for the first time soon.

The newborn still has “ups and downs” and required a blood transfusion, but is growing stronger every day, her mum and dad said.

The pandemic had already taken its toll on the Larkins family.

Elsa’s two businesses had to close because of lockdowns and Tommy lost his job at the beginning of the crisis last year.

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