A pregnant woman in the U.K. who had been in a COVID coma for seven weeks woke up to realize that she had given birth to a baby girl.

Laura Ward, from Manchester, England, who had been hospitalized with COVID-19, was sedated for an emergency c-section at 31-weeks of her pregnancy as her condition deteriorated. Ward gave birth to a baby girl at Royal Bolton Hospital in Manchester almost two months before her due date of Oct. 15.

But the 33-year-old mother saw her baby girl, Hope, only on Sept. 30, two months after she delivered the baby. "I opened my eyes to see Hope on the bed with me, but I couldn't move any part of my body," Ward said. It took almost two weeks for Ward to speak, and since then, she had to relearn all the basic everyday activities, Manchester Evening News reported.

"It was frustrating because I couldn't speak, but because I couldn't move my arms or hands, I wasn't able to write anything down that I wanted to say either. I had to learn to feed myself, brush my teeth, all the things you learn as a toddler, it's like learning everything all over again," said Ward, who now manages to walk a short distance through the hospital corridor.

After waking up from the coma, Ward said her last memory was of arriving at the COVID-19 ward of the hospital. Though Ward was told that she nodded to give consent for her delivery, she has no recollection of the moments. Her baby girl had to spend two weeks at the neonatal unit of the hospital but is now healthy and fit, ITV News reported.

Ward has no underlying health conditions other than gestational diabetes but did not have the COVID-19 vaccination during her pregnancy. After her ordeal, Ward said she would now recommend it to any pregnant woman. "I'd say just get it," she said, adding: "I wouldn't wish what's happened to me on anyone and it's better to be safe than sorry."

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