UK pregnant mum who died from Covid ‘could have been saved’ by vaccine

A “fit and healthy” mum, 24, who died after catching Covid while pregnant would have been saved by the jab.

A healthy young mum who died of Covid before her baby was born would have been saved if she was vaccinated, her devastated dad says.

David Exley, from the UK, said daughter Sadie, 24, fell gravely ill with the virus in late November, before losing her battle earlier this month, The Sun reports.

The mother-of-two, who was 29 weeks pregnant, was first diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung in October after suffering migraines and chest pain.

She caught coronavirus in November and was paralysed on one side as her body fought the disease, YorkshireLive reports.

Medics immediately transferred her into intensive care in Leeds. However, on December 3, Sadie suffered a brain haemorrhage, and couldn’t be saved.

Her son Elliot was delivered by caesarean section weighing just 950 grams.

David has now told of the moment he learned his daughter was in ICU in a bid to convince other mums to get the jab.

The dad, of Birstall in Leicestershire, said: “I got the news over the phone. It was just sheer panic. I drove straight to the hospital.

“I don’t know how to describe how I felt. I didn’t eat for days, I was just waiting to know if she was going to be better.

“They tried to save her but it was apparent that we had lost Sadie. They saved baby Elliot but they couldn’t save our Sadie.”

He said doctors reassured the family that Sadie was “all right” after she tested positive for coronavirus.

“She caught Covid while healthy, and Covid does a lot of things. It works on your weaknesses within your body,” he said.

Sadie had planned to get the jab as soon as her age group was eligible – but was persuaded not to, he said.

“I asked [the doctor] honestly, if she had the jab when she could have had it, and he said he couldn’t say 100 per cent but he thought she’d still be here,” electrician David said.

He said his daughter was previously well and hadn’t suffered any health issues.

“We never expected anything like this in a million years. She was fit and healthy,” he said.

Sadie, a single mum, is survived by Elliot and two-year-old Harper.

“Harper keeps asking us to ring mum so she hasn’t grasped what happened, and probably never will. Elliot will never know her,” David said.

“But we will make sure he hears stories about her. Apart from actually meeting her, they’ll know everything about her.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission