Baby joy for swine flu mum

Scottish mum who fell victim to swine flu while pregnant gives birth to healthy baby boy


Proud Sharon Pentleton beams with happiness with the arrival of her “wee miracle” baby boy, but things weren’t always so rosy.


Six months into 27-year-old Sharon’s pregnancy, she was diagnosed with swine flu after complaining of severe back pain. Shortly after contracting the flu, the mum-of-two’s condition become life threatening.

Poorly Sharon needed a rare form of treatment where medics use a special ECMO machine to put oxygen into the  blood from outside the body. The only UK unit that offers the treatment had no beds available.

Doctors had no choice but to send Sharon, who has since slipped into a coma, to the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, to have the life-saving treatment.

After undergoing the treatment, Sharon went on to make a full recovery and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Mum and baby are said to be doing well and Sharon’s family have launched a campaign to raise money for the UK’s first dedicated ECMO machine.


If you are pregnant and worried about the risk of swine flu, follow these guidelines to help keep you and your unborn baby safe from the virus. Want to know more about protecting your family against swine flu? Check out our simple and helpful advice to keep your worries at bay!

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