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Sunday 18 March 2018

Mum woke from coma to find she'd given birth

Ciara Murray (33) with husband John and baby James
Ciara Murray (33) with husband John and baby James

Laura Abernethy

A new mum has described the shocking moment she woke up and discovered she had a 10-day-old baby boy after giving birth while she was in a coma.

Ciara Murray (33), from Enniskillen, suffered a stroke when she was 37 weeks pregnant and doctors had to put her in a coma to save her and the baby. Now, she and her son James are both trying to "get on our feet at the same time", she said.

Ms Murray unexpectedly collapsed and suffered a massive stroke due to a blood clot on her brain in October 2015. With her husband John (36) at work as a bricklayer, Ms Murray was unable to move and lay there drifting in and out of consciousness.

When John returned from work seven hours later, he rang for an ambulance and Ms Murray was brought to South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen. Doctors carried out a three-hour surgery to remove the clot on her brain and a caesarean section.

Her son James arrived on October 30, 2015, weighing 5lb 5oz. However, it took 10 more days before Ms Murray woke up to meet her boy.

"The nurse told me that I'd had a baby. I couldn't believe it," said Ms Murray, who was finally released from hospital in April last year.

She said: "I had to learn to change a nappy with one hand as I couldn't use the other. I have regained some feeling in my leg, but there's no arm movement yet."

James, now 15 months, didn't suffer any impact from the stroke.

Irish Independent

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