An Australian woman has awoken from months in a coma to discover she is the mother of a healthy newborn baby.
Sarah Hawthorn, 33, of Cobram in northern Victoria got the flu in the last stages of her pregnancy and ended up in an induced, fully machine-supported coma.
Her son was delivered five weeks premature after an emergency birth on August 28.
The family have announced that she and the baby are now doing fine.
“Her son is fit and healthy. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community, and all the kind wishes we have received,” the family told Fairfax Media.
“It has been a big journey for our family and at this stage, while Sarah is in recovery, we won’t be making any further comment.
“During Sarah’s rehabilitation, we ask that you please continue to respect our privacy.”
The family says Hawthorn showed signs of sickness for eight days and sought help several times from her local doctor and the Yarrawonga Hospital, but was sent home each time.
When her condition deteriorated she was taken to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne.
Her sister-in-law set up a GoFundMe page where she says “funds raised will be used to meet the financial needs of Sarah and her family at this time such as travel, accommodation, living and ongoing medical expenses.”
At the time of publication, the page reached $30,205 in funds.
The 2017 flu season in Australia has been a particularly bad one. There have been more than 221,000 recorded flu infections this year, and hundreds of people have died after contracting the disease.