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  • Swine flu mum still in coma after giving birth

    Posted on January 15th, 2011 admin No comments

    A NEW mum is fighting for her life with swine flu – after being put in a coma to save her child before the birth.

    Leanne Gunnell, 21, suffered brain damage after doctors took the decision to protect her unborn infant, which was then delivered prematurely by caesarean, weighing just 3lb.

    The mother, who was six-and-a-half months pregnant, gave birth seven weeks ago but has still not come out of the coma.

    Her parents are awaiting further tests and she might never she her child.

    The tot is doing well but the mum’s family fear she will not recover and they may have to switch off her life-support.

    Simon and Sharon Gunnell, from Robinswood, Gloucester, want to know why their daughter was not offered a swine flu jab despite being pregnant.

    Mrs Gunnell, 43, said: “She was a fit and healthy young girl. She was pregnant and she was not offered a swine flu jab – that’s the most annoying thing.”

    Her husband, 44, added: “I am not faulting the GP service but something went wrong.” At the end of November, hotel receptionist Leanne complained of being ill for several days with a cold.

    Her GP told her she had a virus and she was given antibiotics but not tested for swine flu. A few days later she was rushed to hospital, coughing up blood amid fears of pneumonia.

    Doctors at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital discovered her lungs had been so seriously damaged there was little chance of both her and the baby surviving. They said the best chance was to put her in a coma and deliver the baby at 28 weeks.

    The baby – named Faith – is doing well but after Leanne deteriorated, her parents were told she had swine flu and brain damage.

    NHS Gloucestershire said: “We’re sorry the patient concerned remains very poorly.”

    3A GRAN who had an influenza jab just weeks ago has died of swine flu.

    Eleanor Carruthers, 68, had the vaccination because she was seriously ill with emphysema and lung cancer but picked up the virus and died in Royal Liverpool Hospital.

    Health bosses stressed the jab was still the best option for the vulnerable.