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Mother recovers from coronavirus coma to discover she’d given birth to baby girl

A pregnant woman who had a severe case of coronavirus came out of a week-long medically induced coma earlier this month to the discovery that she had given birth to a baby girl. 

Respiratory therapist Angela Primachenko was 33 weeks pregnant when she started to develop fever-like symptoms, which she suspected were from spring allergies. 

However, just one week later, Angela had tested positive for COVID-19 and on 29 March was placed into a medically induced coma so that her body could focus on overcoming the infection. 

As Angela lay comatose in her hospital room, her medical team at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Washington State had an hour-long meeting to decide how to handle her care and pregnancy. 

Eventually, her doctors came to the decision it would be best for both the mother and baby to induce labour, several weeks early.

On 1 April, while Angela was still unconscious and fighting the virus, doctors induced labour and delivered a 4.5lb (2kg) baby girl. 

Doctors placed the premature baby in the neonatal intensive care unit so they could monitor her.

Days later, the coronavirus still gripped Angela and she was waning physically.

Her twin sister, Oksana, said she and her eight other siblings were scared they were going to lose their sister that day. 

Thankfully, Angela’s condition started to improve and on 6 April she woke up from the coma, unaware she had become a mother for the second time.

“After all the medication and everything I just woke up and all of a sudden I didn’t have my belly anymore! It was just extremely mind-blowing,” Angela told NBC’s Today programme.

She and her husband David have named their baby Ava, which means ‘breath of life’, with Angela revealing that she has always loved the name, but that it felt all the more appropriate after what she and her baby have been through. 

This week Ava was able to leave the neonatal intensive care unit and join her 11-month-old sister Emily, mother and father at the family home, all of whom have tested negative for COVID-19.

On Instagram, Angela said: “The last few weeks have been filled with so much unexpected change in my life… and I feel like I can write a novel… but for tonight I’ll just write that life is good, and let’s find the good in it everyday.”

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In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to take 30 seconds of your time and add your support to the campaign to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.

If you live in Northern Ireland: 
Ask your MLAs to vote to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot:

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