Pregnant mum-of-five dies of Covid without getting to see newborn baby

A pregnant mum passed away just weeks after catching Covid-19 – without ever getting to see her newborn baby.

Saiqa Parveen, from Birmingham, was eight months along when she contracted the virus back in September, according to Birmingham Live.

The 37-year-old was put on a ventilator when her condition deteriorated at Good Hope Hospital, shortly before giving birth to daughter Dua Maryam, at full term.

Tragically, the mum-of-five – who never received her Covid vaccination – died on Monday (November 1) before even getting to hold her child.

She is survived by heartbroken taxi driver husband Majid Ghafur, 40, and daughters Noor, aged 12, 11-year-old Imaan, Hibbah, eight and six-year-old Ayesha and baby Dua Maryam.

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Her brother Qayoum Mughal, 54, says his sister was offered the Covid jab in the summer, but had decided to wait until after the baby was born.

In her last hours, her daughters had made a heartbreaking final face-time call to her hospital bed.

Mr Mughal, from Ward End, said: “One hour before she died her daughters face-timed her and said ‘Get up Mummy, we are waiting, we are missing you, we love you, why are you leaving us behind, just get up.’

“They were praying and in tears.”

Mr Mughal said prior to catching coronavirus Mrs Parveen, who had no underlying conditions, was “fine” and “doing her daily household work.”

Saiqa Parveen, her husband Majid Ghafur and four girls Noor aged 12, 11-year-old Imaan , Hibbah, eight, six-year-old Ayesha.

On September 16, she developed breathing problems and was taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital.

“They treated her with oxygen and she remained there until the morning of September 22,” said the father-of-four.

They told her she was clear of Covid and she went home.

“In the evening, she had problems coughing and they called an ambulance and she was taken back to Heartlands Hospital.

“At 6am on September 23, she called us and she then went back home again. She slept a lot.

Saiqa Parveen had no underlying health conditions.

Saiqa Parveen had no underlying health conditions.

“On September 24, she was at home all day but in the evening had problems breathing. Her husband called an ambulance and she was taken to Good Hope Hospital.

“She was on oxygen and on September 25th, she called my wife at 11pm and said she had signed documents saying that if her condition worsened, the doctors could operate to take the baby out.

“My wife said she sounded very tired and only spoke for a few minutes. That was the last conversation with any of us.

“The next morning, her husband phoned us and told us that she was on a ventilator and they were preparing to operate. At 2pm, the doctor called her husband and told him they had delivered a baby girl.

Dua Maryam never got to be held by her mum.

Dua Maryam never got to be held by her mum.

“We did not see her because she was on a ventilator in intensive care, she never saw her daughter.”

By now Mrs Parveen was also battling sepsis, had a hole in both her lungs, as well as double pneumonia and multiple other infections.

Her brother said: “They were treating her with antibiotics and every time we called, they said she was getting a lot of oxygen but they never said she was OK.

“They allowed her husband to see her on October 21 and the doctor said she was very ill.

Saiqa and Majid as she lay in intensive care in picture family wanted people to see.

Saiqa and Majid as she lay in intensive care in picture family wanted people to see.

“The doctor was telling him to talk to her because she was sedated but could hear.”

“He was talking to her, telling her that her eldest daughter is asking you to get up and ‘where is her birthday gift’ and she is missing mum.

“As soon as he said this, there was one long tear coming from her eye. That was the first and last reaction we had from her while she was on the ventilator. “

On the morning of November 1, the family was informed her condition was ‘very bad’ and she died just before 10pm.

Saqia with her four girls and husband.

Saqia with her four girls and husband.

Devastated Mr Mughal said her entire family is missing the much-loved mum tremendously and the community is grieving.

He said: “Her daughters ask, ‘When’s mummy coming back’?

“Parveen was the most caring person, she couldn’t live without her family. She was a lady of principle.

“She cared for everybody and her mother is still alive.

“Everyone was praying for her. She was very hard working and a helpful lady.”

He added: “Her husband is crying but he’s got to be strong for his daughters.”

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Councillor Majid Mahmood, a close family friend, said: “It is a devastating loss for the family and difficult for anyone to imagine the pain that they must be going through.

“It is heartbreaking that Saiqa never got to see her newborn baby and wasn’t even aware that the baby was delivered.

“I would urge everyone who is offered the vaccine to take it up.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Saiqa’s family.

“May Allah SWT grant Saiqa the highest place in paradise. Ameen.”

Saiqa and her husband.

Saiqa and her husband.

The NHS England website, updated on October 11, is ‘encouraging’ pregnant women to get the Covid vaccine.

It stated “new data shows that nearly 20 per cent of the most critically ill COVID patients are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated.

“Since July, one in five COVID patients receiving treatment through a special lung-bypass machine were expectant mums who have not had their first jab.

“England’s top midwife is today reassuring women that the vaccine is safe and effective during pregnancy and is recommended by clinicians and charities.”

Dr Amir Khan on Good Morning Britain.

Dr Amir Khan on Good Morning Britain.

And GP Amir Khan, who appears on TV shows Lorraine and Good Morning Britain, said there was clear evidence that pregnant women could safely be vaccinated.

He said: “I understand why pregnant women may be reluctant to come forward and get the Covid-19 vaccines.

“When the vaccines were first rolled out, pregnant women were excluded from having them as well there being a whole host of misinformation circulating online.

“But since then there has been overwhelming real world evidence that the benefits of getting the Covid-19 vaccine in pregnancy outweigh the risks.

“In fact more than 80,000 pregnant women have received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine in England and there have been no serious safety concerns.

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“Pregnancy causes changes in the immune system that increase the risk of the expectant mothers becoming seriously sick and needing intensive care should they contract Covid-19. As well as this contracting Covid-19 in pregnancy can increase the risk of premature birth and even stillbirth.

“Studies have shown pregnant women who have received the Covid-19 vaccines produce good levels of antibodies against the disease.

“The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommend getting both doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines if you are pregnant, it is the best way to protect against the known risks of the illness for both mother and baby.”

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