Mother’s heart stopped for seven minutes, triggering memory loss so severe she had to be reminded she had a daughter.

Louiser Chapman, 24, from West Sussex, nearly died during her pregnancy with baby daughter Olivia.

Louiser was 30 weeks, when she developed excruciating stomach, she  was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, where a scan found her placenta had torn from her womb.

She suffered a serious haemorrhage and lost a litre of blood — a fifth of the amount in her body.

Louiser was transferred to Royal Sussex County Hospital for an emergency caesarean but during the op she reacted badly to antibiotics and went into anaphylactic shock.

Born ten weeks premature and weighing just 3lb, baby Olivia was whisked to an incubator as doctors battled to resuscitate her mum.

Louiser’s heart stopped for seven minutes and medics put her into an induced coma for the next ten days to help her body deal with the stress.

When Louiser came round, she had no idea she had given birth.

She said: “The last thing I remember is asking Charlie for the phone. I had no idea what was going on when I woke up in hospital.

“Oliver and the doctors had to tell me I’d had a daughter.

“It was upsetting. It’s so important for new mums to bond with their babies but I hadn’t even seen her.

“The nurses had compiled a birth diary for me explaining when Olivia was born, how much she weighed and what she had eaten while I was in the coma.

“As I had suffered memory loss from the trauma, they had to remind me who had visited each day. I woke up every morning and couldn’t remember what had happened the day before — or that I’d had a baby girl.

“I used to get really upset. Looking at my diary helped me piece it together.”

She told The Sun “There was a point when my family didn’t think I would pull through. Then I thought we’d lose Olivia. It has been a tough battle.

What a terrible experience for them all. Terrifying!

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  • Poor mum :( Missed one of the best moment of her life that is giving birth, but needs to be very thankful to have her life back to love her healthy little one.


  • That would be the hardest thing to go through. But its also a very happy story that she came out of the coma and she had a healthy prem baby :) I love happy endings :)


  • Charlie is the older child. No guarantee he/she won’t be affected by the trauma from this too. It is surprising Mum survived. Bonding with her newborn will possibly be difficult. Everybody seems to forget what the Dad would have gone through too. Nothing phsyically, but emotionally watching his wife and baby fighting for their lives. I hope somebody offered to take care of the older child to maintain some normality.


  • Terrible! Glad she and Olivia made it!!


  • How scary!! So glad they’ve both pulled through x


  • What a terrible experience for them all. I am glad the doctors did everything they could so this mumma could survive.


  • Definitely a terrifying experience. So glad she has pulled through


  • Thank God this Mumma survived X


  • Lke dr


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