'I had two days with my beautiful baby boy - then I forgot he had been born'

'I had two days with my beautiful baby boy - then I forgot he had been born'

Charlene Jones, from North Wales, asked nurses if they were joking when they told her she had given birth to a little boy, Harri, as she had no memory of it.

After Charlene Jones gave birth to her beautiful, healthy baby boy, she had two days of bliss getting to know her little bundle of joy.

She took photos with her partner Daniel Edwards and enjoyed being a mom to a newborn.



But just 48 hours into Harri's life Charlene, 35, suddenly fell ill with Covid pneumonia and almost died.

She was rushed to ICU and placed in a coma, which she remained in for 10 days, and when she woke up she had no memory of giving birth or of her son. She couldn't remember if she had a boy or a girl or the birth weight.

Mum of four Charlene, from North Wales, says: “I didn’t remember giving birth, I couldn’t remember my baby’s name or what weight he was. I actually asked the nurses if they were joking.

Charlene with her beautiful family.

“They showed me my phone, with pictures of my baby, and his name and I realized that it was all true. It was very emotional and absolutely mind-blowing.

“My partner sent me photos of the baby every day in the hospital, and the thought of my children really spurred me on. Despite what happened, I feel so lucky, because I’ve survived."

Charlene’s diagnosis was the first of a Covid nightmare for the family – which saw an six members diagnosed with the deadly virus - and Daniel was also admitted to hospital.

She said: ”One by one, each of our family was felled by Covid. I want people to be aware, even though lockdown is easing, that it must be taken seriously.”

Charlene and her partner Daniel Edwards, 36, were delighted when she fell pregnant early in 2020 but scans showed her pregnancy was high risk. She was in and out of hospital, with reduced movements.

In November she went into early-onset labour and was admitted to the hospital for steroid injections. She tested positive for Covid, but a later test came back negative, and it was thought she had come to the end of it.



Doctors managed to stem the labour but in December the baby’s heart rate became too high and Charlene was again taken to hospital.

On December 23 Harri was delivered by emergency c-section. He was perfectly healthy and spent two days with his mother on the maternity ward.

Charlene Jones forgot she had a baby son called Harri.

But Charlene became suddenly and seriously ill with Covid pneumonia and was rushed to ICU and placed in a coma. Doctors warned she might not make it.

Meanwhile, her partner, Daniel, was diagnosed with Covid and was himself admitted to the hospital.

Their older children, Megan, 15, Tomos, 11, and four-year-old Freddie, went to stay with Charlene’s mother, Lyn. But when Lyn also tested positive, the children went instead to stay with their grandfather, Stephen.

Little Freddie celebrated his 4th birthday on Christmas Eve but Christmas passed the family by in a blur.

She was in a coma for 10 days.

Charlene did not wake up until January 5.

She says: “I had no idea where I was or what was happening when I woke up. Nothing seemed real. I had completely forgotten those two days I’d spent with my son."

Charlene could not walk or speak at first and it was over a week before she was able to see her Harri.

She says: “Dan sent me photos and videos of all the children too and they certainly helped in my recovery. I knew I had to get better, for their sake.

“I had forgotten those two days I’d spent in the hospital with him so for me, January 13 felt like the first time I had ever seen him.



“I worried about our bond, because I had been apart from him for so long, and of course all of our children had been passed around family members, as they all tested positive, so it had been tough for everyone.

“We didn’t tell the older children that I was coming home. Dan told them he had a surprise and then I walked in. I was sobbing with happiness. It was the best day of my life.

“I came home with a zimmer frame, but within days I was walking round on my own. I knew I had to get better for my children.”

The family’s ordeal, incredibly, was still not over. One week on, little Harri was rushed to hospital with Covid. Fortunately, his symptoms were mild.

Charlene has now been diagnosed with PTSD. She has also suffered with exhaustion, breathlessness, and severe hair loss.
'I had two days with my beautiful baby boy - then I forgot he had been born'
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