Gemma Holmes was involved in a road accident that broke her back and put her in a coma. When she woke up she was told she was 12 weeks pregnant but had not memory of who the father was.
She suffered injuries, including a broken back, and doctors didn’t expect her to survive.
While in hospital, tests revealed that Gemma was in fact 12 weeks pregnant. Ms Holmes was in a coma and unable to be told the news, so doctors turned to her mother, Julie, to make the decision about whether the baby should be kept or terminated.
‘Doctors suggested a termination because Gemma would not be able to undergo surgery to fix her back until she gave birth.
When Gemma finally got out from coma, she was given the news but had no memory of having been in a relationship because she had developed severe memory loss. Her entire 3 years had been wiped out.
Despite her health complications, she made the decision to keep the baby.
‘I just thought that if this little baby inside me had managed to survive the awful crash then he was meant to be,’ said Gemma. She gave birth to Ruben Miracle Holmes by caesarian section. Gemma couldn’t have a natural birth because of the brain injury she suffered from the crash. Giving birth puts pressure on the brain which could have worsened any existing problems
The mother and son are now doing well and Gemma is to undergo an MRI scan soon to discover whether an operation will enable her to one day walk again.
‘Ruben’s my little miracle and I really hope I will one day be able to run around with him,’ she said.