Italian woman who fell into a coma ten months ago after suffering a heart attack when pregnant wakes up to discover she is now a mother to a baby girl
- Cristina Rosi, 37, from Tuscany, was seven months pregnant when fell into coma
- Her daughter Caterina was delivered by doctors via an emergency C-section
- When first-time mother woke up from her coma her first word was ‘mamma’
A woman has woken up after ten months in a coma to discover that she is now a mother to a baby girl.
Cristina Rosi, 37, from Monte San Savino, in Tuscany, was seven months pregnant when she suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma in July last year.
Her daughter Caterina was delivered by doctors via an emergency Caesarean section while Ms Rosi remained in a coma.
Now, ten months after the ordeal, Ms Rosi’s husband Gabriele Succi, 42, described the ‘real joy’ that he and his wife were finally able to embrace after ‘so much suffering’.
Cristina Rosi, 37, from Monte San Savino, in Tuscany, was seven months pregnant when she suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma last year
He also said that Ms Rosi’s very fist word after she awoke from her coma was: ‘Mamma’.
Speaking to the Italian paper La Nazione Mr Succi: ‘It’s a real joy after so much suffering. Even the doctors in the room have confirmed that Cristina has said her first word.’
The first-time mother has now been transferred to a clinic in Austria where she will receive 24-hour specialist care and undergo a neurological rehabilitation programme during her recovery.
The couple’s daughter also spent a number of months in hospital due to a lack of oxygen during her delivery.
Mr Succi said that staff at the hospital had also removed his wife’s tracheostomy tube in order to allow her to breathe for herself.
He continued: ‘My wife breathes and swallows by herself.
‘Seeing her progress and thinking about how she was only a few months ago with all the tests she had to overcome, it seems like a miracle.’
Mr Succi later told the Arezzo Notizie news website: ‘Cristina is hardly recognisable now.
Ms Rosi’s daughter Caterina was delivered by doctors via an emergency Caesarean section
Ms Rosi has now been transferred to a clinic in Austria where she will receive 24-hour specialist care
‘She’s more relaxed, they removed her tracheotomy [and] through a pump they are giving her a medicine that should lead to other physical progress.’
Ms Rosi’s treatment, which sees her receive intense physiotherapy sessions, is now been funded by a crowdfunding page set up by her husband, which has so far raised more than £148,000.
In an effort to boost donations, Margherita Scarpellini, the Monte San Savino mayor, wrote on Facebook last year: ‘Apart from donations, it is important to tell Cristina’s story so that help arrives as fast as possible from as many people as possible.’
Mr Succi added: ‘We still need a lot of money. But the fact that Cristina has woken up gives us much more force.’