Dad meets five-week-old son for the first time after falling into COVID coma on day he was born

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This adorable photo captures the moment a dad meets his newborn son for the first time - five weeks after falling into a coma with Covid on the day his wife gave birth. Pictured is Andrew Allen and his mum and baby Oliver, When he woke up two weeks later, on August 11. See SWNS story SWLEcoma; A dad who fell into a coma on the same day his wife gave birth only caught a glimpse of his newborn baby when he woke up two weeks later. Andrew Allen, 32, said he was “gutted” to miss the special day after he was struck down with Covid-19 and came very “close to dying” last July. The factory worker, who’d only just had his first jab, developed symptoms after a colleague at the aerospace engineering firm where he was employed tested positive. Over the following ten days, he lost his sense of smell, vomited and had diarrhoea, but thought he might only have a winter bug following a negative PCR test. Andrew from Farnworth, Lancs., said he started feeling ill on July 19, 2021, after a factory floor co-worker at Silcoms Ltd. tested positive for Covid-19.
This is the moment Andrew Allen finally met his son Oliver five weeks after he was born after going into a COVID coma on the day his wife gave birth. (SWNS)

This is the moment a father finally met his newborn son for the first time – five weeks after he fell into a coma with COVID on the day his wife gave birth.

Andrew Allen caught coronavirus in July 2021, shortly before his wife Charlotte was due to give birth to his son Oliver.

But it would be weeks before the 32-year-old finally got to meet his son after his condition deteriorated and he ended up in a medically-induced coma.

A photograph captured the moment the pair were finally introduced in a hospital corridor after he had previously only caught a glimpse of Oliver in a photograph of him with his sister that a nurse left by his bed.

Andrew Allen and baby Oliver. See SWNS story SWLEcoma;A dad who fell into a coma on the same day his wife gave birth only caught a glimpse of his newborn baby when he woke up two weeks later. Andrew Allen, 32, said he was “gutted” to miss the special day after he was struck down with Covid-19 and came very “close to dying” last July. The factory worker, who’d only just had his first jab, developed symptoms after a colleague at the aerospace engineering firm where he was employed tested positive. Over the following ten days, he lost his sense of smell, vomited and had diarrhoea, but thought he might only have a winter bug following a negative PCR test. Andrew from Farnworth, Lancs., said he started feeling ill on July 19, 2021, after a factory floor co-worker at Silcoms Ltd. tested positive for Covid-19.
Allen was rushed to hospital and put into a medically-induced coma on the same day his wife gave birth to their son Oliver. (SWNS)

Allen, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, started feeling ill on 19 July, 2021 after a co-worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Over the next 10 days the factory worker, who had just had his first vaccination, lost his sense of smell, vomited and had diarrhoea, but thought he might only have a winter bug following a negative PCR test.

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But as his symptoms continued to resemble coronavirus he realised he would be unable to join wife Charlotte, 32, in hospital on 27 July as she prepared to give birth to their son.

Oliver was born early the next morning but by that time his father's condition had deteriorated, with his family comparing his breathing to a "death rattle", and he was rushed to hospital just a few hours after the birth of his son.

Andrew Allen, baby oliver, and Imogen, 5. See SWNS story SWLEcoma;A dad who fell into a coma on the same day his wife gave birth only caught a glimpse of his newborn baby when he woke up two weeks later. Andrew Allen, 32, said he was “gutted” to miss the special day after he was struck down with Covid-19 and came very “close to dying” last July. The factory worker, who’d only just had his first jab, developed symptoms after a colleague at the aerospace engineering firm where he was employed tested positive. Over the following ten days, he lost his sense of smell, vomited and had diarrhoea, but thought he might only have a winter bug following a negative PCR test. Andrew from Farnworth, Lancs., said he started feeling ill on July 19, 2021, after a factory floor co-worker at Silcoms Ltd. tested positive for Covid-19.
When the doting dad woke up from his coma he spotted a photograph of his daughter Imogen, five, and a baby - and realised it was his newborn son. (SWNS)

"I was severely unwell," he said. "My oxygen stats were at 35, which apparently is very, very low – and one of the worst cases they’ve ever seen.

"I remember trying to tell the paramedics that my son had been born. But I kept getting told off for taking my oxygen mask off."

He was ventilator and put into a medically-induced coma on the day he arrived in hospital, which would continue for the next two weeks.

When he woke up on 11 August he spotted a picture of his daughter Imogen, five, with a baby he realised was his newborn child.

"There was a picture that the nurses had put up for me – and it was my little girl, and she was holding a baby," he said.

"At the time, I just remember thinking: 'That must be the baby'."

Andrew Allen and Charlotte Allen (and family). See SWNS story SWLEcoma;A dad who fell into a coma on the same day his wife gave birth only caught a glimpse of his newborn baby when he woke up two weeks later. Andrew Allen, 32, said he was “gutted” to miss the special day after he was struck down with Covid-19 and came very “close to dying” last July. The factory worker, who’d only just had his first jab, developed symptoms after a colleague at the aerospace engineering firm where he was employed tested positive. Over the following ten days, he lost his sense of smell, vomited and had diarrhoea, but thought he might only have a winter bug following a negative PCR test. Andrew from Farnworth, Lancs., said he started feeling ill on July 19, 2021, after a factory floor co-worker at Silcoms Ltd. tested positive for Covid-19.
Allen and wife Charlotte have now been reunited after their ordeal. (SWNS)

For the next three weeks, the frustrated dad was kept under observation, separated from his family, as he slowly began to recover.

He finally met his baby boy when he was five weeks old as the pair were introduced in a hospital corridor.

"I was on a high dependency ward, and I was moving down a ward because I was obviously getting better – and the consultant arranged for me to see them on the corridor," he said

"That was the first time I’d met Oliver. It was overwhelming – not just the fact that I’d seen my son for the first time, but I’d not seen my daughter at that point for about three and a half weeks as well."

He is now back working full-time but said he is still feeling the effects of COVID.

"I’m still nowhere near 100%. I think I lost about 25kg in about five weeks while being in hospital.

"I’m now building my muscle back up, and I’m back at work full time, but at the end of each day, I always feel tired."

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