Baby is stillborn after mother, 31, caught Covid late in pregnancy
Little Darcey Dennan was stillborn on December 28, 2020, and Toni was discharged from the hospital three days later without her baby girl
A mother who lost her baby girl after contracting Covid late in her pregnancy is urging other moms-to-be to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their babies.
Toni Dennan, 31, was seven months pregnant in 2020 when she contracted the virus and felt very unwell.
With no Covid vaccines available for people in her younger age group, she had no protection against the virus.
Toni, who lives near Chester with her husband Lee, went to the hospital for monitoring and when the situation became more critical she was taken to the theater for a caesarean section.
Tragically, little Darcey Dennan was stillborn on December 28, 2020, and Toni was discharged from the hospital three days later without her baby girl.
Tests later revealed that Covid-19 had destroyed the placenta, This is reported by the Liverpool Echo.
Now Toni and Lee have made a powerful video where they talk about their experiences and want to warn people about how dangerous Covid-19 can be for pregnant women and their babies.
They want to encourage other women to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their babies.
Toni said: “About three days after I got Covid it went downhill very quickly.
“I had acidic skin, I was tired, I could hardly walk. I just felt very, very sick.
“And with that, the baby’s movements were restricted. It was a real emergency.
“But unfortunately it was too late at that point and Darcey didn’t make it.”
She added: “I didn’t think Covid could do what it did. “I don’t think people realize the risk of catching a virus or disease when you’re pregnant because it completely changes your body.
“I don’t smoke, I don’t really drink, I exercise regularly and on paper I should have been absolutely fine.
“But after the surgery, it almost killed me, and it took our baby.”
Lee, 37, said: “I went to the hospital that day expecting to see my daughter and my wife.
“The reality was my daughter wasn’t there and Toni was really struggling at that point. It was really scary and the hardest part of my life so far.”
By late spring 2021, vaccines were being offered to younger people and both Toni and Lee were fully vaccinated.
They then decided it was time to have another baby and in February 2022 the couple’s second daughter, Nancy, was born.
Toni said: “Without vaccination I would not have gone into another pregnancy. Nancy is a healthy, happy little girl and that’s all that matters.”
dr Rita Arya, Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals and Associate Director of Women’s Health and Maternity, said: “It doesn’t matter how young and fit you are, once you’re pregnant there’s a higher risk of conceiving seriously ill with Covid-19.
“And if you get it in a later pregnancy, your baby is at risk, too. In most cases, women recover, but we know that women are admitted to intensive care units and miss the first few months of their child’s life.
“And sadly, both mothers and babies have died.”
Since March 2020, 3,371 pregnant women with symptomatic Covid-19 have been admitted to hospitals across the UK.
Of the 742 women enrolled since February 2021, only four had received a single dose of the vaccine and none had received both doses.
As a result, more than 99% of pregnant women hospitalized with symptomatic Covid-19 are unvaccinated.
dr Fiona Lemmens, GP Associate Medical Director for Cheshire and Merseyside ICS said: “Now the vaccine is fully available and has been shown to be safe, tragedies like that of Toni and Lee are preventable. I would strongly advise all women planning or currently pregnant to have a baby.
“Please speak to your midwife, she will answer your questions. You can go directly to NHS.uk to book your vaccine (or find a local walk-in vaccination center) and protect yourself and your baby.”
Toni said: “Not holding your baby for a vaccine that could potentially save you from this pain is just not worth the risk.
“I would urge every pregnant mother to get vaccinated and not take the risk of not holding her baby like we are.”
Lee added, “The fear of losing your wife and knowing you’ve lost your child is something I will live with forever. I would encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect the people you love.”
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