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Mum who lost baby to Covid says she doesn’t regret decision’ of not taking the vaccine

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Katie Leeming a 22-year-old mother has lost her baby to Covid and she doesn’t regret the decision’ of not taking the covid-19 vaccine.


The woman was reported to have had the baby Ivy-Rose Court delivered by caesarean 14 weeks prematurely after she fell ill with coronavirus, doctors discovered the baby had also contracted the virus a week later.

The baby had several other complications even after she was born weighing just 2lbs 3oz, Ivy suffered from prematurity complications including a pulmonary haemorrhage and a brain haemorrhage.

She died just nine days old on October 22.

Her mother, Katie said she did not get vaccinated after hearing ‘horror stories about the effects of the jab on mums-to-be on pregnancy forums online.

Health experts strongly advise pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid, and a study in September even found expectant mums who’ve been jabbed pass protective antibodies onto their newborn babies.

Katie said: ‘One lady said she had received the vaccination and that her baby was stillborn the week after.

‘There obviously could have been other reasons for this, and the vaccine might not have caused it, but it scared me and put me off.

‘Just hearing the horror stories about women having miscarriages made me not want to take the risk.

‘I don’t know if it would have made a difference or not. I had thoughts in my mind about it – what if I’d had it? Would she still be here today? What if it’s my fault? But my midwife told me I can’t afford to think like that.

‘I could have still caught Covid-19 after the vaccination, or worse, if I did have it and something happened anyway, I would have blamed the vaccine.’

Katie and her partner Lee Court were given a few hours with Ivy-Rose at the Royal Preston Hospital neonatal unit after doctors said ‘the kindest thing to do would be to let her go’.

On the pain of losing a child, she said: ‘Every hour is different. I have been through all the stages of grief and back again.

‘I’ve gone from feeling completely numb, feeling as if nothing has happened and expecting to feel the baby’s movements – because I should still be pregnant with her – to completely heartbroken about how it all happened. I’m devastated.’

Nearly £2,000 has been donated in a fundraiser to help Katie and Lee – who have two sons, Alfie, four, and Charlie, three – cover the cost of Ivy-Rose’s funeral.

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