Miracle recovery for mother who gave birth while in coma
A young woman is recovering back home in Ireland after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage while pregnant with her first child.
English language teacher Mairead O'Dea (32), from Cratloe, Co Clare, gave birth to baby Morgan last October while she was on life support in an Intensive Care Unit in Abu Dhabi.
Doctors told her family she had little hope of survival but incredibly she is now back in Ireland and on "the long road to recovery" while her baby Morgan is "thriving".
One family member said: "It's unbelievable, the whole story. She's extremely lucky, her doctors over there said it was a miracle that she survived."
While working in Abu Dhabi, she met Dave Hart, from New Zealand, and the pair fell in love. They got married in April 2014 and were expecting their first child on October 4, 2015 when Mairead was struck with a severe brain haemorrhage.
Just seven days later, while she was on life-support in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital her waters broke and baby Morgan was born by caesarean section at just 27 weeks.
Both mother and baby were well cared for at separate hospitals for over four months in Abu Dhabi.
However, in order for Mairead to get the most suitable care and rehabilitation, she returned to Ireland on January 14, 2016.
Her son remains in the UAE city with his father and paternal grandmother.
Mairead was originally placed in the stroke unit at University Hospital in Limerick but was moved to the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Dún Laoghaire last month where she is undergoing an intensive rehabilitation programme.
Baby Morgan has been discharged from hospital in Abu Dhabi and is making great progress.
A family member explained that Mairead's short-term memory is very poor, her vision is badly impaired and she has not been able to walk yet.
Her sister Siobhan O'Gorman said that it has been "a long road" but they have received incredible support from family and friends.
"We have been told that she will need 24-hour care once she leaves hospital. We have been overwhelmed with the support," she said.