An unvaccinated mum has died from Covid-19 two months after giving birth to her first child.
Natalie Forshaw, 30, died on Boxing Day after testing positive for Covid while pregnant. She had chosen not to have any vaccinations because she was expecting.
Natalie’s son Caleb had been delivered by an emergency C-section at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester on November 3, but she was forced to remain in hospital after being diagnosed with Covid.
She was treated in the intensive care unit of Manchester Royal Infirmary but died in the early hours of December 26.
Natalie, a beautician and hairdresser from Burnage, Greater Manchester, had shown signs of improvement in mid-December which had given her family hope.
"Natalie was at home when she first became poorly," her mother Bernie Wilton said.
"Because she was pregnant we took her to see a doctor and her oxygen levels were very, very low. She was getting bad pains in her chest.
"She went to hospital and the baby was delivered but Natalie was transferred to intensive care.
"She was not able to see Caleb for a week."
Just days after giving birth, Natalie was put in a drug-induced coma as part of her treatment.
But in mid-November, a blood clot was discovered inside her heart.
At the end of the month, the clot broke up and went to her lungs leaving her in a critical condition.
Natalie's mother and Caleb's father, Jay Hurst, were only allowed up to 15 minutes a day at her bedside in the ICU.
By December 6, her condition had worsened and days later her family was told there was nothing more that could be done.
Signs of improvement give family hope
Less than a week afterwards, there were some signs of improvement in the young mother.
At the time, her mum wrote on social media: "I was sat with her and she started to blink, she is starting to come round... and when I spoke about baby Caleb she cried... all the nurses were clapping and so happy for her... she is so looked after... she is fighting."
Medics were "amazed" at Natalie's condition, and her mum added she was being called "the ICU celebrity" as so many nurses and doctors were rooting for her.
But on December 20, Natalie suffered a major setback when her heart failed and she had to be fully sedated again.
Bernie posted on Boxing Day that Natalie had lost her fight and the next day added: "Today, my heart broke into many pieces.
"I don't think it will ever mend.
"I am going to miss your daft ways, the fact that you text me 8,400,000 times a day even if it was just to say love you mammy.
"We had an amazing bond, not only mother and daughter but best of friends."
Mum was 'absolutely beautiful'
Bernie, and Natalie's father Nigel Forshaw and the couple's son, Natalie's brother Scott, have been left devastated by the loss.
"She was absolutely beautiful and would brighten up everyone's day," Bernie said.
"There are thousands of people who loved her.
"The nursing staff and doctors at both hospitals were amazing and the family would like to thank them for all their care.
"They were wonderful and went above and beyond for Natalie.
"Caleb weighed 6lb, 12 ounces and is perfect."
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