A mum has given birth to a healthy baby girl while in an induced coma after effectively dying for six minutes.
Katherine Boulton was put in the coma after her heart stopped following a severe brain bleed and a cardiac arrest.
She had a caesarean at an Oxford hospital while unconscious after suffering a bleed on October 7, 2016.
Born at 31 weeks, Katherine’s much-wanted daughter Phoebe was delivered healthy but small, weighing 4lbs 6oz, at 11.05pm.
Sadly, her mum – who has been “on the brink of death three times” but recently started to open her eyes – is yet to meet the newborn.
She celebrated her 42nd birthday in hospital.
Shortly after her birth, little Phoebe contracted an infection, which has been successfully fought with antibiotics.
While she is improving everyday, she remains in a private room in hospital.
Doctors want to make sure she continues to grow stronger, and hope to reduce the risk of cross-contamination between mum and daughter.
“Both mum and daughter are remarkable,” said dad and husband Jamie Boulton, 40, in his only interview.
Following her October brain bleed, Katherine was recovering well, and had even started talking.
But disaster struck on December 7, 2016, when, while in hospital, her tracheotomy – which helps her breathe – was somehow dislodged.
Following this, she suffered a cardiac arrest and her heart stopped for six minutes.
After being resuscitated, she was put in an induced coma.
Then, a fungal infection in her skin passed into her blood stream and caused her blood pressure to drop dramatically.
“She has been on the brink of death three times and recovered three times,” Jamie continued. “She’s amazing.”
He told how doctors made the decision while Katherine was still unconscious to deliver Phoebe.
Initially fairly healthy, the infant was taken to neonatal intensive care, where she was subsequently diagnosed with an infection and treated with antibiotics.
Her weight dropped in the days that followed, and she was tube-fed with donor breast milk and formula.