Twin babies defy the odds to survive after mum ended up in coronavirus coma

Danielle Martin and Bryan Green welcomed their miracle twin girls Ava and Amelia this week.

Back in March, Danielle, 32, knew she was having another baby but it was early on and she hadn’t had a scan.

She started experiencing symptoms of coronavirus just days after lockdown was introduced and was rushed to hospital.

The mum-of-five was so ill, she had to be put into an induced coma for two weeks to help her body recover.

While she was asleep, doctors discovered she was actually having twins – but her condition meant both babies were at risk.

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Luckily, after 10 days, she was well enough to be woken up, and she had to break the news that she was having two babies to Bryan, 32, over the phone.

She gave birth earlier this week [October 7] to two miracle girls, Ava and Amelia, and the family are now recovering at their home in Shankill, Belfast.

Proud dad Bryan said: ‘It’s definitely a miracle for us. They’re our wee princesses.

‘We’ve got three boys and two girls now – it’s going to be a mad house for sure.

‘It’s amazing having them home, it’s obviously lifted the mood in the house.

‘Everyone is happy, Danielle is buzzing.

‘She had to give birth in the theatre just in case with her breathing and when she came back to the ward, the first thing she said was thank goodness it’s all over now and this is the end result.’

Mum of five Danielle had felt like she was suffocating at nine weeks pregnant and had been rushed to the hospital with suspected pneumonia on 30 March.

She said: ‘At first, I just had a sore throat which led to a bad chest and I thought it must be a chest infections but I could barely breath after six days.

‘It felt like I was suffocating so Bryan decided to call an ambulance who came within five minutes and took me away – I was terrified.

‘I felt bad leaving my boys but I knew it was for the best – they did scans and diagnosed me with severe pneumonia.

‘I was put on a ventilator which helped and I was managing – I was struggling to breath and talk – it was terrifying.’

After a coronavirus test came back positive and her oxygen levels dropped, she was put into an induced coma.

Security guard Bryan recalls: ‘I didn’t even realise they were going to put her into a coma, to be honest with you.

‘I talked to her the night before on the phone and she was eating toast in bed although she could barely speak and we thought she had severe pneumonia.

‘She said she was going to try and get her head down and then the next morning I didn’t hear from her which I thought was strange.

‘I rang the hospital to say I needed to get in touch with my partner and a consultant came on the phone to tell me they’d rushed her up to the theatre and put her in a coma.

‘I was just speechless on the phone, I didn’t know what to say, it was madness.

‘I hung the phone up and just broke down into tears. It was really scary.’

Doctors told the family that the baby probably wouldn’t survive as Danielle’s body tried to fight the virus.

Danielle eventually woke from her coma after 10 agonising days and rang Bryan with an incredible announcement.

He said: ‘The doctors rang me to say she was out of the coma and being moved to the ward which was amazing, it was such a relief.

‘I got to speak to her on the phone and asked her about our baby straight away but nothing prepared me for when she said there’s two babies in there!

‘I said don’t joke with me right now and she said no Bryan I’m serious, there’s two babies!

‘I couldn’t believe it and I still can’t to this day, even though I’m looking at them in front of me right now sleeping, it’s unbelievable.

‘There were tears all around that day – I was down my mum’s house and we were all crying.’

The sisters are now settling in at home with Danielle and Bryan and their three sons Jaiden, nine, Parker, three and Joshua, two.

Bryan said: ‘I’m loving having the girls home even though I haven’t been sleeping because I can’t stop staring at them.

‘We’re just so happy that everything has turned out ok after such a rocky start and that our family is finally together happy and healthy at home.’

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