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  • 07.06.2020
Woman who gave birth in coma wakes up
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Woman who gave birth in coma wakes up

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A victorian woman who had no idea she’d given birth because of a horror flu has finally woken up from a coma, three months after having her baby.
Sarah Hawthorn, from Cobram in country Victoria, came down with influenza A in August while she was pregnant with her first child.
Doctors were forced to deliver the 33-year-old’s baby early due to complications from the severe flu, putting her in an induced coma.
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Three months later, the family has confirmed to Nine News Ms Hawthorn is awake and in a stable condition.
Her baby boy is also “fit and healthy”.
“After three months in intensive care, Sarah’s condition has improved and she is now stable,” the Hawthorn family said in a statement to Nine.
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“It has been a big journey for our family. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community, and all the kind wishes we received.
“We would like to thank everyone at The Alfred and especially the team in ICU for their dedicated care.”
The family of Ms Hawthorn set up a GoFundMe page in September, hitting its $20,000 goal in less than a day. The page eventually raised $30,100.
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“Her baby boy has never had the chance to lay with his Mum, snuggle into her chest or hear her infectious laugh.
“If nothing less, we hope this raises awareness at the high risk of the Flu during pregnancy,” the page read.
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Sarah’s recovery is some good news following one of the worst flu seasons to ever hit Australia.
The 33-year-old mother’s case followed the death of eight-year-old Melbourne girl Rosie Brealey from the flu after what her family thought was a bad cold.
Rosie’s death came after eight elderly residents died at St John’s Retirement Village at Wangaratta during a two-week period stretching into September.
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Health Minister Jill Hennessy said Victoria had endured a “horror” flu season, with more than 13,000 cases recorded in the state over the past few months.
Meanwhile, in South Australia at least four elderly people died at a nursing home, with two others in the Mt Gambier area in lockdown.
Queensland boy Jaymon Gaul, 10 was also rushed to hospital on September 23 after he was found by his mother in a non-responsive state.
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Jaymon was on life support for over two weeks at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital after a blood clot was found in his right thigh and his lungs collapsed.
The youngster has also contracted pneumonia, bacteria in his blood and a bone infection, said his mother Tasha Millar.
At least 288 flu-related deaths have been reported this year, and the number is thought to be even higher. A record-breaking 172,247 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health in 2017: 86,567 in NSW; 44,866 in Queensland; 17,326 in South Australia; 13,654 in Victoria; 3656 in Western Australia; 2707 in Tasmania; 2352 in the Australian Capital Territory and 1119 in the Northern Territory.
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That’s a 156 per cent increase on the number reported by this time last year, according to Immunisation Coalition statistics. And the health service believes the number is even higher, with a delay in reporting thanks to administrative backlogs as officials struggle to handle the spike.
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