Kathrine and Stuart leaving hospital with Ruby (Image: BLACKPOOL TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST)
It was touch and go for Kathrine Dawson, 36, as doctors at one stage gave her and baby Ruby only a 50/50 chance of surviving. Ruby was born two months prematurely on April 1 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, weighing 4lb 12oz. Now proud father Stuart - banned from seeing them due to their virus - has hailed the NHS staff who treated them. He recalled a video-call to his wife with their other daughters, Grace, aged five, and 11 month-old Ava, before she was put on a ventilator. Stuart, of Garstang, Lancs, said: "It was like saying goodbye - it could have been the last phone call.
"I thought I was going to be a widower looking after young children on my own.
"But the staff at Blackpool Hospital changed our future, how do you thank a person who has saved your wife's life?" The ordeal started in March when 32-week pregnant Kathrine was taken to A&E with what she thought was a chest infection.
As she had been self-isolating for three weeks she did not think she had caught Covid-19.
But after a swab it was discovered she had coronavirus and a decision was made to deliver the baby by Caesarean section to give them both the best chance.
Kathrine spent eight days sedated on a ventilator while worried Stuart was unable to visit either his wife or Ruby.