12/12/2014 11:25 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Mum Woke From Three-Day Seizure To Discover She Had Given Birth To A 1lb Baby Boy


A woman who was unconscious for three days came round to discover she'd given birth to a baby weighing just 1lb.

Tiny Tyler Jamieson was brought into the world at 24 weeks while his mum Gemma lay in hospital after suffering a life-threatening seizure.

When the 23-year-old woke up three days later she had no memory of giving birth.

She only got to meet her son after a seven day wait as she recovered from the pre-eclampsia that had caused her seizures.

Gemma, from Hull, told her local paper: "I remember waking up and my husband, Dale, showing me a picture of a baby on his phone, and explaining it was our son.

"I couldn't believe it - I had no memory of giving birth - it was all so surreal. I felt robbed of the experience of pregnancy as I hadn't even felt our baby kick.

"Dale told me how much our baby weighed, how old he was, that he was very poorly and being treated in a different hospital.

"I couldn't believe what had happened, to know that I'd missed out on his birth, and that all our relatives had seen him before me was almost too much to bear."

She described seeing Tyler, now 17 months, for the first time.

She said: "Dale led me into a room full of newborn babies and I had to ask which was ours. But as soon as I saw Tyler I burst into tears - I felt bonded with him immediately.

"All my energy was focused on him and helping him get better."


Gemma was rushed to hospital after she had a fit at a car festival in July last year.

Doctors discovered her seizure was caused by pre-eclampsia and said the only chance of saving her life, was to deliver her baby early.

Gemma said: "I vaguely remember arguing with the doctors because I didn't want them to deliver Tyler so early.

"But the doctors told me I was in severe danger - minutes away from death - and I needed to get to theatre.

"I was then in and out of consciousness for the next three days. I don't remember giving birth to Tyler or seeing him at all. I have no memory of what happened."

Tyler was delivered by Caesarean section and because he was so premature his lungs hasn't developed properly, so he was battling chronic lung disease and had to have 17 blood transfusions.

But after being warned at one point that he might not survive, Tyler has grown stronger and stronger.

Gemma and Dale are now enjoying time at home with their healthy son and are looking forward to his second Christmas together.

Dale said: "It's amazing to think that after everything they've both through they're both here to tell the tale.

"I could have lost them both so I feel lucky to have my family here. They're incredible."

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