A 28-year-old English nurse, Colvina Jolin, has been married to her husband Matt for two years. The couple was happy that they were about to bring a new baby into their family, because Colvina was 23 weeks pregnant. But, then the unimaginable happened..
All of a sudden on a normal day, Colvina came down with a terrible headache. It had become unbearable, and when she went to grab the phone to call her husband – she went unconscious. Matt knew something wasn’t right and called the emergency.
When they got to Covina, they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her, so they put her in the ambulance and brought her to the emergency room. Turns out, she suffered a major brain hemorrhage and had to be taken to a specialist clinic, but the chances of her surviving the trip was close to none.
Matt had to make the hardest decision of his life – if he left Covina where she was, she would definitely die, but if he chose to have her transported, he risked his unborn daughter’s survival. He decided to have her transported to the clinic, which turned out to be the right decision.
Colvina survived the trip, as well as the emergency surgery, but during the operation the doctors discovered that the blood supply to the baby had been compromised from the severe pressure in her brain. With little time to try and save their unborn daughter’s life, the surgeons did everything they could to save her life – and they succeeded. But, shortly after they were both stabilized, Colvina fell into a deep coma and they don’t know if she will wake up.
Weeks went by and Colvina had still not woken up. But one day, they saw her hands twitch and move up to her stomach where she patted herself, seeming like she knew her baby was still there with her. And at week 29 of her pregnancy, Colvina went into labor while she was still in a coma, which is nearly impossible. They laid little Maia in her mother’s arms, although she was still unconscious.
Maia weighed only 3lbs and had to be resuscitated twice and placed in an incubator away from her mother. Then, about seven weeks later, Colvina started to show signs of consciousness and had began to signal to nurses and the hospital staff that she knew she had given birth and wanted to see her baby.
Remembering back to that day, Colvina said, “When I came round, I instinctively knew that I had given birth and my baby was all right. Holding her for the first time was wonderful. To feel her close to me. I was overwhelmed.”
Maia is now a year old and living with her parents in Horndean. Colvina has learned to walk again, although she is still suffering from muscle weakness and trouble with her speech, but she is in rehabilitation and is doing very well thus far.
Colvina shared, “I know it sounds stupid but I never remember not having her. It’s as if she was always there, even though I was in a coma when she was born.”
What an amazing miracle and truly heartwarming story. Thankful for the doctors and surgeons who were able to save this beautiful family.