WHEN Chelsie King fell pregnant with her son Raphael in January this year the Covid vaccine rollout had been underway for less than a month.
The 27-year-old decided not to have her vaccines, as at the time, the risk were not clear for pregnant women.
Millions of coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out across the country and Brits are also now being urged to come forward for the booster jabs.
Studies have shown that the vaccine is save for both pregnant women and their babies and that the jab will protect them against Covid.
Chelsie is now urging pregnant women to have their vaccines after spending weeks in a coma, and having physio therapy to help her walk again.
When Chelsie, who lives in Western-super-Mare, got to six months pregnant, she started to feel unwell.
She said she had experienced a sore throat throughout her pregnancy, but had also started to feel sick.
Chelsie said that she didn't have any of the classic coronavirus symptoms outlined by the NHS such as a new persistent cough or a loss of smell, so said she had no reason to suspect it was Covid.
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But after three days of not being able to keep anything down, her medical team told her to take a PCR test.
She had a positive result and in the next few days her temperature soared and she became breathless.
Her husband Patrick, 32, called St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol for advice, and medics told her to go to the hospital.
When she arrived she had to be transferred to he Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) as her oxygen levels were dropping rapidly.
Within hours she was transferred to intensive care and doctors told Patrick that Chelsie's condition was so bad that the baby would have to be delivered by C-section so that Chelsea would be able to recover.
Speaking to Somerset Live, Chelsea said the last thing she remembered was watching the Euro from her intensive care bed.
“By midnight on Tuesday I was so critical they decided to deliver him.
“They had to put me into a coma as they needed to put me on a ventilator to get my oxygen levels up", she said.
Little Rafael was born 12 weeks early on July 14 and have to be taken straight to and ICU unit, meaning Chelsie couldn't hold her newborn.
After five weeks of being in a coma, the team tried to wake Chelsie up, but each time they did she said she had picked up another infection.
Patrick had also contracted Covid so had been unable to visit Chelsie in hospital.
It’s important to get the message out to mums to-be to make sure they get vaccinated. The risks of not being jabbed are far more than having the vaccination itself.
Chelsie had to have Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (Ecmo) before being transferred to St Thomas' hospital in London.
The procedure involves re-oxygenating blood before pumping it back into the body.
After spending weeks in a coma, Chelsie finally woke up and was told her little boy was now five weeks old.
She is now urging all pregnant women to have their vaccine after she had to have physiotherapy to help her to walk again.
Chelsie said: "I do regret not having the jab when it was offered and wonder if I did have it, whether things would have been different.
“I wouldn’t want any other family going through what we have – the truth of the matter is that we could have both died.
“It’s important to get the message out to mums to-be to make sure they get vaccinated. The risks of not being jabbed are far more than having the vaccination itself.
“I am one of the lucky ones. I got to cuddle my baby. But there are some mothers who will never have that joy.
“All because they didn’t have a simple vaccine.”
Chelsie has now had her first coronavirus vaccine and is awaiting her second, and said little Rafael is thriving.
He is now five months old and despite the ordeal, Chelsie said he came out unscathed.
The Sun is also urging readers to sign up to the Jabs Army campaign to make the rollout as smooth and fast as possible.
A booster shot is the best protection against Omicron, with early data suggesting it pushes efficacy back up to 75 per cent.
Dr Jenny Harries, UKHSA Chief Executive said: “Once again, we urge everyone who is able to get a booster jab to come forward and do so. It is the best defence we have against this highly transmissible new variant."
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