An Australian mother who gave birth while in a coma three months ago has woken up.
Sarah Hawthorn, 33, of Victoria, is meeting her baby boy for the first time this month, having been in a coma since August, News Australia reports.
Hawthorn was 35 weeks pregnant with her first child, a son, when doctors at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne put her into a medically-induced coma, according to local news reports. She was suffering from severe complications related to the flu.
Doctors delivered her baby boy prematurely while Hawthorn was in the coma; they said she was in critical condition at the time of his birth. But her condition has improved since then, and late last week, the family said she is awake and recovering.
“After three months in intensive care, Sarah’s condition has improved and she is now stable,” the Hawthorn family told Nine News. “It has been a big journey for our family. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community, and all the kind wishes we received.
“We would like to thank everyone at The Alfred and especially the team in ICU for their dedicated care.”
The family also said the baby boy is “fit and healthy.”
Hawthorn’s baby boy is not the only one to have been born while his mother was in a coma.
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Doctors took similar steps to save Louise Bonfield’s unborn baby girl after the mother suffered a brain bleed and drifted in and out of consciousness.
Bonfield spent several months in a coma after her daughter’s birth, and she went through numerous therapy sessions before she finally recognized her baby girl. She has had to overcome many obstacles since then, including relearning how to talk and walk; but the mother and daughter have been working together to achieve new goals. In 2016, the family said Louise and her daughter, Chloe, age 6, were learning to read and write together.