Meet 'Sunshine'- born to a mother in a COVID coma

Meet Napsugar - or 'Sunshine' in Hungarian.

Her mother Szilvia Bedo-Nagy only found out she had given birth to her more than a month later when she was brought out of an induced coma by doctors.

She was heavily pregnant when she tested positive for COVID-19 late last year, and was sent home from a hospital to quarantine.

But as her condition worsened, she was rushed back in.

"I had to go back to the hospital immediately because I was very ill. I couldn't breathe. It turned out that it was pneumonia."

She was transferred to Budapest where Napsugar was born by caesarean section.

Szilvia was put in the intensive care unit on a ventilator, then an artificial lung and finally was put into an induced coma.

While she was in hospital, her husband Jozsef cared for their newborn daughter, fearing he would receive bad news.

But at Christmas, his phone rang.

"I got a call from the doctor who said my wife was trying to make contact with me. I was surprised. How could this be? The doctor said that they woke her up and she was using her eyes to try and communicate. The next day, I went to pay her a visit. She was awake and when I asked her something, she would answer me with her eyes."

New Year's Eve 2020 was the first day Szilvia remembers being awake, but she said she still didn't know what had happened to her and was pointing to her stomach to ask when she gave birth, unable to talk because of the ventilator.

Her doctor, Bela Merkely, said her complicated case is unique in that it was seemingly solved through the use of an artificial lung.

Although still suffering from side effects, Szilvia is making a good recovery at home, with baby Napsugar by her side.

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