It was a pandemic miracle.
Photos captured the heartwarming moment a UK man met his newborn son Oliver for the first time — after spending over a month in a COVID-induced coma.
“That was the first time I’d met Oliver,” Andrew Allen, 32, told SWNS of the “overwhelming” occasion. It occurred five weeks after the Manchester father-of-two had become comatose, which was coincidentally also the same day his wife Charlotte gave birth to their baby boy.
Allen’s harrowing saga began on July 19, 2021, when the aerospace engineering worker, who had only received one jab at that point, started feeling sick after a colleague tested positive for the coronavirus.
Initially thinking he had the flu, the man began to suspect it was COVID after his symptoms began to resemble those linked to the Delta variant of COVID-19.
“I lost my smell and taste after having the negative,” said Allen, who also experienced severe vomiting and diarrhea. “So I was thinking in my head: ‘It’s got to be COVID, this. I don’t know how it could be anything else?”
Around a week later, Allen’s pregnant wife went into labor and was rushed to the hospital to have their baby, SWNS reported. This development devastated her ailing husband as he knew he wouldn’t be able to accompany her on the big day on account of his illness.
Oliver was born at 5:35 the next morning, just hours before his father was rushed to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing.
“I was severely unwell,” Allen described of his labored respiration, which his visiting mother analogized to a “death rattle.”
The patient added, “My oxygen stats were at 35, which apparently is very, very low – and one of the worst cases they’ve ever seen.”
Despite his deteriorating condition, the proud dad attempted to tell paramedics of his son’s birth — only to have them chide him for removing his oxygen mask.
Upon arriving at the medical facility, Allen was placed into a medically-induced coma.
The COVID-19 patient awoke three weeks later to discover that the hospital staffers had put up a picture of his 5-year-old daughter Imogen holding his newborn son.
“At the time, I just remember thinking: ‘That must be the baby,’” exclaimed Allen, who recalled feeling “gutted” that he’d missed Oliver’s birth.
Unfortunately, since the frustrated father was still recuperating from COVID, it would be an agonizing three more weeks before he could meet his male progeny face-to-face.
He was finally able to meet his son in the flesh at the hospital, and see his daughter and wife. “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,” Allen described.
The Brit found the occasion doubly touching as he’d not seen his “daughter at that point for about three and a half weeks as well.”
“I spend pretty much every day that I’m not a work with my daughter,” he gushed. “So, it was very overwhelming.”
Thankfully, Allen has nearly recovered from the virus and is now back with his family, according to SWNS. Nonetheless, the new dad says he’s “nowhere near 100%,” adding that he shed around 55 pounds in the 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,” he lamented.
This isn’t the first time someone has miraculously come out of a COVID coma.
In November, a Florida woman flabbergasted family members after awaking from her coronavirus coma the same day she was slated to be taken off life support.