Saturday, October 17, 2009

The baby boy she feared she would never hold-Swine flu mom shares her story

He is the beautiful baby boy she feared she might never live to see.

When Sharon Pentleton was five-months pregnant, a virulent case of swine flu left her fighting for life.

Plunged into a coma, the 27-year-old was airlifted abroad for emergency treatment. The prospects for her and her unborn baby were bleak.

Sharon Pentleton pictured with baby son, Spencer

Miracle: Sharon Pentleton holds Spencer, the son she feared she would not meet

But yesterday, after an amazing fight back to good health, the proud new mum welcomed her son Spencer home for the first time.

Beaming with joy, she said: ‘I can hardly believe  he’s here.’

Only four months ago, Miss Pentleton was fighting for her life after becoming one of the highest-profile victims of swine flu.

Suddenly struck down by the disease, she was rushed to Sweden for specialist treatment to keep her body working as the infection ravaged her lungs.

Her terrified family could only hope and pray after Miss Pentleton went into a coma for two weeks.

They waited at her bedside to see whether doctors could save her – and whether there was any hope of protecting her unborn child.

In the darkest hour, medics warned that the outlook was bleak. The family was told Miss Pentleton might not survive – and, even if she did, her baby might suffer either because of the disease or because of the extreme treatment she was undergoing.

But, this week, Miss Pentleton gave birth to Spencer, a healthy boy weighing 6lb and 141⁄2oz.
Brian Muirhead and Sharon Pentleton with their baby son Spencer

Then there were three: Brian and Sharon cuddle baby son Spencer

Last night, as she took him to the home she shares with partner Brian Muirhead, she said: ‘He’s the beautiful baby boy I thought I’d never live to see. I feel great to be home with him – I can hardly believe he’s here. Having Spencer home makes all that happened seem like a nightmare that is all in the past now.’

And Mr Muirhead, 30, said: ‘I’m just so happy that they’re home and everything’s OK.

‘There was a point when I thought neither of them would make it – it’s just amazing they’re here now.’

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This story made me happy especially after all the sad and horrific news going on in the world, like my previous post on Michael Brewer, the teen who was burned by his peers.

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