THE devastated family of an unvaccinated mum who died from Covid without getting to meet her newborn baby have urged expectant mothers to get jabbed.
Saiqa Parveen, from Birmingham, tragically died this week in intensive care after falling ill mid-September while eight months pregnant.
Saiqa Parveen died from Covid without meeting her newborn baby. Stock pictureCredit: Alamy
The 37-year-old underwent an emergency cesarean section on September 26 – but never got to meet little Dua Maryam, her fifth child, as she was on a ventilator until her death on November 1.
Saiqa’s heartbroken family is now imploring pregnant women to get the life-saving Covid jab.
Her brother Qayoum Mughal told The Sunday People: “I strongly ask all people please get their vaccination, otherwise you will have a had situation like we are facing.
“Get the vaccine and avoid this sort of tragedy. The family is completely broken.”
The mum-of-five, who had no underlying health conditions, was offered the Covid jab in summer but decided she wanted to wait until her baby was born.
But on September 14 she tested positive for the virus, and two days later developed breathing problems.
Saiqa was taken to hospital via ambulance, and was discharged six days later before being admitted to another hospital soon after.
According to her brother, by September 25 she had signed documents telling medics to operate to take her baby out if her condition worsened.
“The next morning her husband (Majid Ghafur, 40) phoned us and told us that she was on a ventilator and they were preparing to operate,” Mr Maghul told the outlet
“At 2pm, the doctor called her husband and told him they had delivered a baby girl.
“She never saw her daughter.”
Saiqa – also mum to Noor, 12, Imaan, 11, Hibbah, eight, and Ayesha, six – developed sepsis, pneumonia and a hole in both her lungs as her condition deteriorated.
Tragically, she died just before 10pm on Monday, with her death certificate recording respiratory failure and Covid-19 pneumonitis as the cause.
Mr Maghul added: “Her daughters ask ‘when’s mummy coming back?’Saiqa was the most caring person, she couldn’t live without her family.”
It comes after shock data revealed one in five of the most critically ill Covid patients is an unvaccinated pregnant woman.
Many expectant mums are being put in induced comas in hospital after avoiding the jab over safety fears.
Data shows that one in five Covid patients on therapy called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) are pregnant.
ECMO is used only when a patient’s lungs are so damaged by Covid that a ventilator cannot maintain oxygen levels.
Data from more than 100,000 vaccinations in pregnancy in England and Scotland, and a further 160,000 in the US, show no subsequent harm to the foetus or infant.
England’s top midwife Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent said: “The Covid jab can keep you, your baby and loved ones safe and out of hospital.
“You can receive vaccination at any time in pregnancy, but the risks that unvaccinated pregnant women face of becoming severely unwell if they catch Covid-19 show exactly why we advise you to do so as soon as possible.”
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