- Fozia Hanif, 29, passed away in Birmingham Heartlands Hospital on 8 April after developing a bold clot
- The new mother had tested positive for the coronavirus during a pre-natal check-up while she was pregnant
- She gave birth at 31 weeks through c-section but due to her condition, she only saw photos of her baby before passing away
- Her son, Ayaan Hanif Ali, tested negative for the virus but remains in hospital
A 29-year-old mother died from coronavirus complications just days after giving birth - before ever getting to see her baby.
Fozia Hanif had just celebrated her 29th birthday when her ventilator was turned off at the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital.
After losing a child during her first pregnancy in 2019, Fozia made sure she was going to the hospital for regular maternity check-ups during her second pregnancy, The Daily Mail reported.
During one visit it was discovered she had a slight fever and later tested positive for Covid -19.
“They said we are going to keep her here to find out and we are going to do a Covid test and they kept her for two days," Fozia’s husband, Wajid Ali, said.
"The test came back positive and the next day they said it was mild and we can go home. After four days she had difficulty breathing and we called the ambulance," he added.
When the ambulance arrived they checked her vitals and everything was fine in terms of her blood pressure and sugar levels, but they still had to take her into hospital.
She gave birth to her baby Ayaan Hanif Ali, at 31 weeks on 2 April by Caesarean section just two days after her admission to the hospital.
Fozia, who worked for probation services in Birmingham Magistrate's Court, was taken to a recovery ward after the birth, but her condition deteriorated.
Briefly.co.za learned that she was relocated to an ICU ward where she was put onto a ventilator where she was not able to receive visitors whilst and her family were only able to have a few phone calls with her.
The family said most of the communication around her condition was between her doctors and the family – though these were just once a day and often quite late.
“I think it brought us more anxiety ... At one stage we were told she was getting better," Her father Nabil Hanif said.
"It gave us proper hope … we got excited. They took her to the recovery ward, they gave her the phone… we actually spoke to her," he added.
Because of her condition, Fozia was not able to see her baby and only saw pictures of him before she passed.
Fozia’s husband got a call days after her submission to the ICU to say that her condition had deteriorated, she had developed a blood clot and was in a coma.
Her ventilator was turned off on 8 April, leaving her family devastated.
Baby Ayaan tested negative for Covid-19 but remains in hospital.
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