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Coma mum goes home

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January 16, 2018

After three months of intensive care, Sarah Hawthorn's condition is stable.

Cobram woman Sarah Hawthorn has been discharged from The Alfred Hospital after spending three months in a coma, unaware she had given birth to a baby boy.

Mrs Hawthorn, who was fit and healthy at the time, contracted Influenza A in the later stages of pregnancy last year.

It was considered one of the worst flu seasons to ever hit Australia and caused the most number of deaths and infections since the swine flu pandemic of 2009.

It is believed Mrs Hawthorn is now recovering at home after spending months in intensive care.

In a true miracle, her son, who is yet to be named, was born fit and healthy despite being five weeks premature and delivered while Mrs Hawthorn was still in the coma.

A GoFundMe page to support the family was set up in September and has so far raised $30000.

After Mrs Hawthorn woke from the coma, her sister-in-law Rachel Holt thanked members of the public for their support.

‘‘We have been overwhelmed by the support and concern shown to our family,’’ Ms Holt said.

‘‘If nothing less, we hope this raises awareness of the high risk of the flu during pregnancy.’’

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