The nurse who doesn't remember giving birth while battling Covid
Eva Gicain, the NHS nurse who had no memory of giving birth three months ago while seriously ill with Covid and only held her baby for the first time this week, appeared on today’s Good Morning Britain.
Speaking to Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh, Eva, who appeared with her baby Elleana and her partner Limuel, revealed what it was like to get Covid during her pregnancy.
“I was worried, I had a sore throat and a fever,” Basildon-based Eva said of her initial symptoms. "That is why I called the GP and they advised me to go A&E. There were no other symptoms like difficulty breathing."
Limuel spoke about how helpless he felt when Eva was admitted to hospital at 34 weeks pregnant, especially as he also had Covid at the time.
“In four to five days, she really deteriorated. The oxygen diminished. They decided to do the emergency cesarean that day. It was awful that time, I was so helpless because I couldn’t be at her side at those times," he recalled.
On having no recollection of the birth, Eva said: "No, I didn’t even know when she was born. When I woke up, they just told me she was born on the 4th November. There is a guilt feeling because we planned everything, for Limuel to be there during my delivery, but I am still thankful that I am here right now and I can spend more time with them.”
Limuel also described his wife as a “warrior” and revealed how in awe he was that she still managed to arrange pyjamas as a Christmas present for her daughter while sick in hospital.
Katie Green, a specialist nurse from Royal Papworth hospital where Eva was treated, added: "I think Eva’s story is definitely one that has touched a lot of hearts here at Papworth and it is one that we definitely won’t forget anytime soon."