Gloucester mother in swine flu coma dies

Leanne Gunnell
Image caption Leanne Gunnell was six-and-a-half months pregnant when she fell ill

A woman with swine flu who was put into a coma to save her unborn child has died in hospital.

Leanne Gunnell, 22, from Gloucester, was misdiagnosed twice after falling ill in November.

She was placed in a coma and on 30 November Baby Faith was delivered at 28 weeks by Caesarean section at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

The hotel receptionist suffered a massive brain haemorrhage two weeks ago and died in hospital on Friday.

Coughing blood

Faith is being cared for by Michael Hemming, Miss Gunnell's fiance, with the help of his parents.

In November, while six-and-a-half-months pregnant, Miss Gunnell had gone to her doctors with a suspected cold, was told she had a virus and given antibiotics.

She was not tested for swine flu.

Four days later her parents took her to see an out-of-hours GP and was given the same diagnosis.

The next day she was taken to hospital coughing up blood and it was feared she had pneumonia.

Doctors found her lungs were badly damaged and there was little chance of her and the baby surviving.

They said the best chance was to put her into a coma and deliver the baby at 28 weeks.

Days after the birth, Mr and Mrs Gunnell were told their daughter had tested positive for swine flu and initial tests suggested she had suffered brain damage.

Speaking in January, Miss Gunnell's parents said the treatment their daughter and granddaughter had been receiving at the hospital was first class.

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