Sound Of Baby's Voice Brings Mum Out Of Coma

12/10/2009 09:05 | Updated 22 May 2015

A mother says the recorded sounds of her baby's voice brought her out of a coma and helped save her life.

Karen Morrisroe-Clutton, 32, from Wrexham, almost died from E. coli food poisoning.

Doctors induced a coma in an attempt to help her body fight the infection, but Karen had just about given up and had lost the will to live.

Then her husband Paul had an idea - he brought a video of their baby son Oliver into the hospital and played it at her bedside.

Karen, a librarian, told the Express: "I confess that at one stage I just gave up. Frankly, I wanted to die.

"Then I heard Ollie and I thought 'I can't do this. I need to live'."

She had been taken ill at the end of July when Ollie was just 10 weeks old. She suffered seizures and kidney failure and spent five weeks in a coma and on a dialysis machine.

Finally she came round at Wrexham Maelor Hospital in North Wales. She is now back home in Wrexham and full of praise for the hospital staff, particularly her consultant Stuart Robertson.

She said: "They fought tooth and nail to pull me through."

Karen was not allowed to see Oliver for eight weeks while she was in intensive care due to the risk of infection.

However when she came out of the coma she was able to see pictures and videos and get updates on how he was doing.

Once she recovered well enough to be on an ordinary ward, they were finally reunited.

She told the BBC: "He did remember me... sort of gave me a look and then this massive smile came... it was just wonderful."

She said her consultant had been desperate to get her back with her baby because he believed it would help her recovery.

She said: "He hoped it would help... it did... I had something to live for."

Source: Daily Express

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