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Incredible mum who suffered massive stroke while pregnant but woke from coma on Christmas Day to find battling baby was still alive – The Sun

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018

Incredible mum who suffered massive stroke while pregnant but woke from coma on Christmas Day to find battling baby was still alive – The Sun

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A MIRACLE mum who suffered a stroke while pregnant woke up from a coma to discover her unborn baby had survived.

Rhian Burden woke up on Christmas Day and discovered she was unable to move the right side of her body or speak but was still heavily pregnant.

The 37-year-old had suffered an incredibly rare brain injury and stroke weeks before and had been placed in an induced coma having undergone life-saving surgery.

Medics decided it would be safer for Rhian to continue with her pregnancy and on March 6, her son Harry was born via cesarean section.

The mum-of-two told MEN: "Christmas Day is the earliest memory I have since the accident.

"I couldn’t remember anything about what had happened to me before. Slowly, over the New Year I started to become more aware of what had happened.

"I thought [starting] a blog would be a good way to record memories for my boys, so when they’re older they will understand why their mummy was away for so long.”

Rhian collapsed on December 7 while in her two-year-old son Alfie's room and lay unconscious on the floor for more than seven hours while the toddler was in his cot.

Her partner Jay realised something was wrong when he saw Rhian hadn't been on WhatsApp since the night before and raced home from work to find her passed out.

Doctors then discovered Rhian had suffered a rare brain injury, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) - a tangle of blood vessels with abnormal connections between arteries and veins - which caused a stroke.

Brain AVMs are rare and affect just one per cent of the population but are even less likely in pregnant women.

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5896856/incredible-miracle-mum-who-suffered-massive-stroke-while-pregnant-but-woke-from-coma-on-christmas-day-to-find-battling-baby-was-still-alive/

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