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NHS nurse first met her baby girl after nearly three months in hospital with Covid-19

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An NHS nurse who first met her baby girl after nearly three months in hospital with Covid-19 has admitted she has ‘no recollection’ of her daughter’s birth. 

Eva Gicain, 30, of Basildon in Essex, was off work from September as she entered the third trimester of her pregnancy and her risk of becoming ill with coronavirus increased.

However, Mrs Gicain, who works at a London hospital, contracted coronavirus and was admitted to A&E in Basildon in late October while 34 weeks pregnant. Her condition deteriorated and she had an emergency Caesarean section at 35 weeks.

But appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Mrs Gicain admitted she has no memory of giving birth to her daughter, Elleana, and does not remember being transferred to Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge 10 days later as she fought for her life.

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An NHS nurse who first met her baby girl after nearly three months in hospital with Covid-19 has admitted she has 'no recollection' of her daughter's birth. Pictured: Eva Gicain, 30, with her husband Limuel and baby Elleana

An NHS nurse who first met her baby girl after nearly three months in hospital with Covid-19 has admitted she has ‘no recollection’ of her daughter’s birth. Pictured: Eva Gicain, 30, with her husband Limuel and baby Elleana

Eva (pictured right) was off work from September as she entered the third trimester of her pregnancy and her risk of becoming ill with coronavirus increased

Eva (pictured right) was off work from September as she entered the third trimester of her pregnancy and her risk of becoming ill with coronavirus increased

Mrs Gicain said she rang her GP after becoming concerned with her sore throat and fever. She was quickly told to go to A&E. 

Speaking about Elleana’s birth, she added: ‘I don’t have any recollection. I don’t even know when she was born, I woke up and the doctors told me that she was born on November 4. 

‘[I have] a guilt feeling as we had been excited. We’d planned everything. That [my husband] would be there during my delivery and we didn’t expect this to happen.’ 

‘But I’m still thankful that I am here right now and I can spend more time with them,’ she continued.

Her husband Limuel Gicain, who was also suffering with Covid-19 and had to self-isolate, added: ‘I felt so helpless as I couldn’t be by her side.’ 

However, Mrs Gicain (pictured leaving the hospital) contracted coronavirus and was admitted to A&E in Basildon in late October while 34 weeks pregnant. Her condition deteriorated and she had an emergency Caesarean section at 35 weeks

However, Mrs Gicain (pictured leaving the hospital) contracted coronavirus and was admitted to A&E in Basildon in late October while 34 weeks pregnant. Her condition deteriorated and she had an emergency Caesarean section at 35 weeks

Mrs Gicain was admitted to critical care at the Royal Papworth Hospital and put on a special machine that takes over the job of the lungs, giving them time to recover.

After three weeks with the artificial lung, called an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, her condition improved.

The machine removes carbon dioxide from the blood and adds oxygen, and is used to treat coronavirus patients as a last resort when other forms of ventilation have been unsuccessful.

Mrs Gicain was moved to a step-down ward a few days before Christmas, and was finally discharged from the hospital to applause on January 12 – after 76 days in hospital in Cambridge and Basildon.

‘The first thing I remember is just a few days before Christmas and being told where I was, what I had been through and that Elleana was doing well,’ said Mrs Gicain.

But appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Mrs Gicain admitted she has no memory of giving birth to her daughter, Elleana (pictured together), and does not remember being transferred to Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge 10 days later as she fought for her life

But appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Mrs Gicain admitted she has no memory of giving birth to her daughter, Elleana (pictured together), and does not remember being transferred to Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge 10 days later as she fought for her life

‘I was able to regularly video call my husband, Limuel, and Elleana, and we spent a long time on the phone together on Christmas Day, although I couldn’t speak much as my throat was so sore from having been ventilated.

‘Not being able to see them in person and touch them was so difficult. I was determined to get home to them as soon as possible.’

A few days after returning home, she said: ‘I am feeling much better now. When I held Elleana for the first time I didn’t want to let go. It was a special moment.

‘Life is unpredictable and we are now just looking forward to being a little family and spending time together.’

Mr Gicain, also aged 30, was isolating at home with Covid-19 while his wife was unconscious in hospital in Cambridge and his baby daughter was at Basildon’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Mrs Gicain (pictured bottom left with her family while appearing on Good Morning Britain) is one of the youngest patients to receive ECMO for Covid-19 at Royal Papworth Hospital

Mrs Gicain (pictured bottom left with her family while appearing on Good Morning Britain) is one of the youngest patients to receive ECMO for Covid-19 at Royal Papworth Hospital

‘I was very unwell so I couldn’t leave the house, never mind visit either my wife or daughter’ he said. ‘It was so horrible the three of us being in separate places at a time when we should all have been together.

‘I was finally able to visit Elleana just in time for her being discharged from NICU on November 21.’

The healthcare assistant had already agreed a name with his wife as they knew they were having a girl, and was able to confirm the spelling his wife wanted by looking at some personalised pyjamas she bought that were meant as a Christmas present.

Mrs Gicain is one of the youngest patients to receive ECMO for Covid-19 at Royal Papworth Hospital.

The hospital is one of five centres in England commissioned to provide ECMO for adults in acute respiratory failure.

The family celebrated Christmas Day on January 21 and said that Elleana, now nearly three months old, is doing well. 

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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