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Victorian Woman With The Flu Gives Birth While In Coma

She contracted influenza A while pregnant

A new Victorian mum is fighting for her life after contracting influenza A while pregnant.

Doctors were forced to deliver Sarah Hawthorn’s baby while she was in an induced coma, leaving the 33-year-old unaware she has given birth.

According to Nine News, Ms Hawthorn remains in a coma in a critical condition in Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

Her sister, Rachael Holt, recounted the tragic circumstances on a GoFundMe page launched to raise money for medical and travel expenses.

“During the later stages of Sarah’s pregnancy she caught the flu,” Ms Holt wrote on the page.

“As a result her gorgeous boy arrived earlier than planned and following his birth Sarah was, and remains, in a critical condition in an induced coma.”

Sarah Hawthorn
(Credit: GoFundMe)

Victoria’s Health Minister has now called for free flu vaccinations to be made available to more people, ABC reports.

“We have made a request to the Commonwealth Government that they look at the provision of free flu vaccinations, particularly for children,” Ms Hennessy said. 

Ms Hawthorn’s hospitalisation follows the tragic news eight-year-old Melbourne girl Rosie Brealey died from the flu on Friday. 

You can donate to Sarah Hawthorn’s GoFundMe campaign here.

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