Sameera Khan, left, had an emergency C-section while in an induced coma. Pictured here with her best friend Linda Ha
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A mum is fighting for her life in intensive care after catching Covid and giving birth by emergency C-section while in a coma.
Sameera Khan, 28, was rushed to the Royal London Hospital from her home in Tower Hamlets on January 8 when she was 29 weeks pregnant, after she became ill with coronavirus and her oxygen levels fell dangerously low.
She was placed in an induced coma the following day when her condition deteriorated rapidly, and her baby girl had to be born via emergency C-section while she was still in a coma.
The baby is currently in an incubator and is in a stable condition but Sameera is fighting for her life, My London reports.
Now, friends and family face an anxious wait for news of the mum-of-four's condition.
Sameera's husband Sulaman Khan, a 27-yr-old construction worker, is now struggling to look after their older children
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Linda Ha, 27, from Hackney, who went to school with Sameera and has been her best friend since 2004, said Sameera is 'not doing well.'
She said the hospital contacted Sameera's family on Sunday to say she had taken a turn for the worst and her oxygen levels were dangerously low.
Having heard no news since, they assumed Sameera's condition was temporarily stabilised.
Sameera's husband Sulaman Khan, a 27-yr-old construction worker, is struggling to look after their older children, who are eight, six, and four, on his own while the family waits for news on Sameera's condition.
Linda said Sameera's children have been asking "when is mummy coming home?" and they've told them she's in hospital, adding: "we have to be honest with them, but we have to hide the bulk of it until we know."
She said: "It's their daughter's birthday next Monday, and that's the first birthday that she's may not be with her mum."
Sameera Khan, right, with her husband Sulaman Khan and their three older children
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Linda has bought some gifts for Medinah herself but doesn't want to overwhelm her.
Linda, who has an 18-month-old son of her own, said: "I'm trying to be strong, but there are moments that I just cry so much, and wonder if she's going to be ok.
"I read about a mum who was in ICU on the first of January, and then eleven days later she died- Sameera's eleventh day will be Wednesday [January 20], so I'm really scared.
"I just want her to come home to her kids- she's only 28 years old, she's so young, she still has a whole life ahead of her."
She said Sulaman was able to visit his baby daughter in hospital on Monday and she 'seems to be doing really well,' adding: "The nurse said the baby is good but she is tiny, and apparently quite feisty like her mum."
Linda has set up a GoFundMe page to help support Sameera's family, describing how the community has pulled together to help them out with necessities like food shopping.
She said: "If anything does happen to Sameera, if she dies, the money will go towards her funeral costs."
However, she said if Sameera "does make it," the money will go towards helping Sulaman, who is self employed and not working, with bills and essentials for the children while his wife is in hospital.