Covid nightmare for dad told ‘to say goodbye’ to healthy wife, 34, and unborn baby

Covid nightmare for dad told ‘to say goodbye’ to healthy wife, 34, and unborn baby

 

A dad has described his “terrifying” ordeal after he was told his pregnant wife and unborn baby were unlikely to survive coronavirus.

Elsa Larkins became critically ill with the deadly disease just after Christmas – despite having no underlying health issues.

But she was heavily pregnant, leaving her and her unborn baby in a “life-threatening” situation.

Husband Tommy Larkins has now spoken about about the horror situation.

He told Sky News : “It was a life-threatening situation for her and our unborn baby.

“It was terrifying, the most terrifying thing I’ve been through.

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“To potentially lose the pair of them on the same night was terrible. I’d never wish it on anybody else.”

“She was really sick. I’d been told to say my last goodbye to my other half – and to my unborn baby as well. Your world comes crashing down,” he said.

Elsa, 34, was quickly moved to one of Kingston Hospital’s intensive care units as her health deteriorated quickly – as Tommy was told to prepare for the worst.

Once in hospital, Elsa’s health deteriorated quickly. She was moved to one of the hospital’s two intensive care units.

Tommy then had to break the devastating news to his young daughters Melisa and Alba.

He told the girls: “Mummy’s on a knife edge. I’m sure she is going to be okay, but she’s on a knife edge. We all need to hope.”

Gags Sekhon was one of the critical care nurses who cared for Elsa.

He said: “The big bump she had was pushing on her lungs.

“As COVID had infected her lungs she was finding it difficult to breathe anyway and then with the added pressure of baby squeezing on the bottom of her lungs it was making it even more difficult.”

A decision was taken on January 5 to deliver Elsa and Tommy’s baby by emergency C-section two months before the baby was due – a risky but potentially life-saving operation

Tommy said he was “absolutely petrified” – adding: “The baby was due the second week in March.

“To have an emergency C-section, and a baby potentially born with COVID – it was awful.

“It was all very dark. A horrible place to be in.”

Thankfully the operation to deliver the baby was successful.

But the couple’s daughter weighed just 1.4kg and needed life support in the few weeks after birth.

They have named her Florence as a tribute to the medical staff who saved her life.

Tommy was allowed to visit his daughter in hospital on compassionate grounds for the first time on Wednesday.

But Elsa is still testing positive for coronavirus and has yet to meet her baby – meaning it could be weeks before all three are together.

Tommy said: “We still have a little way to go. Hopefully we will keep pushing forward and she’ll keep fighting.”

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