Women frequently reject abortions when confronting a number of difficult medical and health-related issues. Rarely does a woman who is recovering from a coma find herself also pregnant.
Natalie Lander, 31, was four weeks pregnant when she was involved in an automobile accident in July 2011. Doctors were unsure whether Lander would survive her injuries which included breaking her back in four places and her neck twice, as well as a smashed pelvis and brain injuries.
The young woman, who already had one child with her husband, thought she was unable to conceive again, but she was pregnant at the time of the wreck and still pregnant as she came out of the coma. Despite not knowing whether Mrs Lander would ever walk or talk properly again, the couple made the brave decision to keep fighting for their baby, the London Telegraph reports:
After four months spent trying to learn how to walk and talk again, Mrs Lander has amazed doctors with her own progress, and has given birth to a healthy baby boy, Max.
Mrs Lander, from Walsall, West Mids, said: “I am so lucky to have my health, and my family.
“I was so badly injured that doctors had no idea whether I’d ever walk or talk again. When I found out I was pregnant, I was torn between being overjoyed and terrified. I was so worried that my little boy, Alfie, wouldn’t have a mum who could look after him properly, let alone another baby.”
“But the doctors and nurses who looked after us all have done a fantastic job, and they’ve been really pleased with my progress. I still have some stiffness on my left side, but I am finally able to look after my boys – and I have even finally been well enough to go back to work.”
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She said: “I was so scared when I found out I was expecting – I didn’t know how we would cope.
“The doctors recommended that we could consider terminating the pregnancy, but we wanted to fight for our baby – and once we told the doctors that, they did everything they could to help us.”