Unvaccinated mother dies of COVID 2 months after birth

Natalie Forshaw, 30, died the second day of Christmas after testing positive for COVID while pregnant.  (Reach)

Natalie Forshaw, 30, died the second day of Christmas after testing positive for COVID while pregnant. (Reach)

An unvaccinated mother died of COVID two months after giving birth to her first child.

Natalie Forshaw, 30, died the second day of Christmas after testing positive for COVID while pregnant after choosing not to get any vaccinations because she was waiting.

Natalie’s son, Caleb, had been born in an emergency caesarean section at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester on November 3, but she was forced to remain in hospital after being diagnosed with COVID.

She was treated in the intensive care unit of the Manchester Royal Infirmary, but died in the early hours of 26 December.

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Natalie's son, Caleb, was born by an emergency caesarean section.  (Reach)

Natalie’s son, Caleb, was delivered by an emergency caesarean section. (Reach)

Natalie, a cosmetologist and hairdresser from Burnage, Greater Manchester, had shown signs of improvement in mid-December, which had given her family hope.

Her mother, Bernie Wilton, said: “Natalie was home when she first became ill.

“Because she was pregnant, we took her to the doctor and her oxygen level was very, very low. She was getting nasty chest pains.

“She went to the hospital and the baby was born, but Natalie was transferred to intensive care.

“She could not see Caleb for a week.”

A few days after the birth, Natalie was placed in a drug-induced coma as part of her treatment.

But in mid-November, a blood clot was discovered inside her heart.

At the end of the month, the blood clot broke up and went into her lungs, leaving her in a critical condition.

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Natalie’s mother and Caleb’s father, Jay Hurst, were only allowed up to 15 minutes a day at her bedside in the intensive care unit.

By December 6, her condition had worsened, and days later her family was told there was nothing more that could be done.

Less than a week later, there were some signs of improvement in the young mother.

At the time, her mother wrote on social media: “I was sitting with her and she started blinking, she’s starting to get around … and when I talked about baby Caleb, she cried … all the nurses clapped and watched happy for her … she’s so fit … she’s struggling. “

The doctors were “surprised” by Natalie’s condition, and her mother added that she was called the “ICU celebrity” when so many nurses and doctors messed up in her.

But on December 20, Natalie suffered a major setback when her heart failed and she had to be completely anesthetized again.

Bernie wrote on Boxing Day that Natalie had lost her fight and the next day added: “Today my heart broke in many pieces.

“I never think it will get better.

“I’m going to miss your crazy ways, the fact that you write to me 8,400,000 times a day, even if it was just to say love you mom.

“We had a great bond, not just mom and daughter, but best friends.”

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 15: A general tour of St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, on July 15, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

She died at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester. (Getty)

Bernie and Natalie’s father, Nigel Forshaw, and the couple’s son, Natalie’s brother, Scott, have been crushed over the loss.

Bernie said: “She was absolutely beautiful and wanted to brighten up everyone’s day. There are thousands of people who loved her.

“The nursing staff and doctors at both hospitals were fantastic and the family would like to thank them for all their care.

“They were wonderful and went beyond Natalie.

“Caleb weighed 6 lb 12 ounces and is perfect.”

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Initially, pregnant women were excluded from the rollout of the vaccine, but advice was changed in April 2021 after it was deemed safe.

Earlier this month, new data showed that 34 women died in the UK after receiving COVID while pregnant.

A total of four newborn babies also died, with doctors saying the cause was the virus.

The Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) said pregnant women should be considered a clinical risk group for COVID-19 and given vaccines quickly.

An appeal set up to help Natalie’s family, Caleb and Jay, has raised thousands of pounds.

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