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A mother who fell into a coma after losing her baby son during a difficult labour came back from the brink of death after her husband gave her "a bloody good rollicking".
Yvonne Sullivan, 28, lost consciousness suffering from severe blood poisoning moments after being told that baby Clinton had died.
Despite grieving for their lost son, her husband Dominic, 37, kept a round-the-clock vigil at her bedside for two weeks as she lay in intensive care
But when doctors told him they could have to switch off her life support machine, Mr Sullivan took drastic action - by giving his wife a firm telling-off.
He held his wife's hand and demanded: "You start fighting. Don't you dare give up on me now. I've had enough, stop mucking around and start breathing. Come back to me."
Two hours later she started to breathe steadily again.
Within five days doctors were able to switch off her ventilator, and she regained consciousness to see her husband standing beside her.
She even remembers hearing her husband yelling at her as she lay in a coma and says it gave her the strength to pull through.
She said: "I can't remember exactly what he said but I never liked getting told off by Dom. Something inside me just clicked and I began to fight again. When I came round I thought he'd been gone a few minutes, then he told me I'd been out for two weeks. It's a miracle. I owe him so much."
Mrs Sullivan, of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, discovered she was pregnant shortly after her marriage in September 2006.
However, her baby was diagnosed as anaemic and had to undergo regular blood transfusions while still in the womb.
Mrs Sullivan went into labour two months early on July 5 last year and gave birth to Clinton at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol after a traumatic 14-hour labour. Clinton died after contracting a blood infection.
Doctors realised that Mrs Sullivan had blood poisoning and her body was going into septic shock, which makes all the vital organs shut down.
She was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary where her condition worsened rapidly. Her last memory was her husband leaving her bedside to get a cup of coffee.
Mr Sullivan, a lorry driver, kept a vigil by her bed until doctors told him that his wife might not survive. He said: "I got angry. I grabbed her hand and began shouting at her 'start fighting, don't you dare give up on me'. I gave her a bloody good rollicking. I kept telling her to pull through. Then I left the room to get some air. I came back two hours later and she had started to breathe. It was incredible. Sometimes you find powers you just didn't know you had."
Dr Narendar Ramnani, a reader in cognitive neuroscience at Royal Holloway University of London, said the brain processes information when in a coma. He added: "It is entirely possible that her husband provided her with some stimulus which helped her to come back."
After leaving hospital Mrs Sullivan had to relearn how to perform basic tasks and struggled to put the kettle on or tie her shoe laces for weeks.
Now thanks to her husband's support and her determination, she has made a full recovery.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
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