BEFORE welcoming her son Huzayfah earlier this year, Hajrah Aslam, like any other new mother, was nervous about giving birth.
Although she had had a perfectly healthy pregnancy for the first two trimesters, the 28-year-old’s world was turned upside down when she contracted the coronavirus at 35 weeks.
To ensure her son’s healthy arrival into the world, Peterborough’s mother had to undergo a cesarean section.
But the same night she gave birth, Hajrah slipped into a medically induced coma to relieve her lungs after Covid-19 caused her oxygen levels to drop significantly.
After her ordeal of six weeks in a coma, Hajrah was brought to Askham Rehab in April, a specialist neurological rehabilitation community, near Doddington, Cambridgeshire, to begin her recovery, a journey she describes as the most difficult thing she has ever had to face. overcome in your life. life.
Mom said, “All I could see was my baby’s face. That was the end goal.
“I kept saying his name, even when I was in excruciating pain, I went on and on.”
Prolonged time spent in intensive care had caused Hajrah to suffer from polyneuropathy, the simultaneous malfunction of peripheral nerves throughout the body.
In addition to being practically bedridden, the new mother cannot move her feet.
In addition to this, she had a grade 4 pressure ulcer across the width of her back.
When he arrived, the Askham Rehab team developed a personalized plan for Hajrah.
Sara Neaves, Askham Rehab Clinical Director and Outpatient Services Director, said: “When Hajrah came to Askham, we had to start with the basics.
“This included hands-on therapy, both from the physical therapy team and the occupational therapy team, to try to work on upper and lower limb strength, as well as functional activities.”
Using Tyromotion’s OMEGO Plus, a multifunctional chair that enables targeted training of functional therapy goals, Hajrah was able to challenge his lower extremities for strength, movement, precision and coordination in a safe and protected position.
Reflecting on his time at Askham, Hajrah said: “It is the hardest thing I have ever had to overcome in my life. Everything occurred to me at the same time, emotionally, mentally and physically.
“It’s been a really difficult journey. When you say 11 weeks out loud, it seems crazy. It’s a very short period of time and I’ve done it. It feels like I’ve won something. More importantly, I have my life back. “.
And now that she’s recovered, the mother is determined to make up for lost time.
All I could see was my baby’s face. That was the end goal. I kept saying his name, even when I was in excruciating pain, I kept going back and forth.
She added: “Being a new mom, I want to do all the things mothers do; hug him, play with him. I feel like I missed it from the beginning, but now is the time to make up for it.”
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