When Colvina Jolin went into a coma, she was 23 weeks pregnant with her first baby.
After a life-threatening three-month-long coma, the British woman woke up and reached out her arms to cradle her baby, knowing instinctively that her little girl had been born almost seven weeks earlier.
The Jolins told the Daily Mail that last November Colvina was doing housework when she felt an “intense headache” and then passed out. Rushed to the nearest hospital, Colvina nearly died. Doctors said she immediately needed to be transferred to another hospital to have brain surgery – but the odds of her even surviving the transfer were one in 10.
Colvina made it to the hospital and through surgery, but her life and the life of her unborn daughter remained in serious jeopardy.
According to the Daily Mail:
Husband Matt, 30, an estate agent, said: ‘The neurosurgeon came out, looked me in the eye and said, “We’ve operated on Colvina very quickly but I have never seen anyone survive this. But she is young.” It was the worst moment of my life, the thought of losing them both.’
The operation was a success and Colvina’s condition stabilized although she was still in a coma. But medics did not know if she would hold on to her unborn baby.
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Over the following weeks, Colvina’s mother Sue Walder, 56, noticed her daughter regularly moving her hand as if to rub her bump.
She said: ‘It is as if she still sensed she was pregnant.’
Doctors removed a massive blood clot in Colvina’s brain; and they worried that the blood flow into her womb would endanger her unborn baby’s life, too, according to the report.
Several weeks later, Colvina went into labor and gave birth to her 29-week baby girl by caesarean while still in a coma.
Baby Maia weighed 3 pounds and fit in the palm of her dad’s hand. She had to be resuscitated twice while her mother was still in the coma, according to the report.
After seven weeks, Colvina woke up and motioned to hold her baby girl, according to the report.
She told the newspaper: “I know it sounds stupid but I never remember not having her. It’s as if she was always there, even though I was in a coma when she was born.”
Almost a year later, Colvina is still recovering from her brain surgery, and Maia is doing well.
“It’s a miracle that we both survived,” Colvina said.