THE HUSBAND of a woman who passed away shortly after giving birth says his wife never got to hold her baby, and only saw her for a few seconds before she was whisked away for emergency treatment.
35-year-old Samantha Willis contracted Covid-19 two weeks before her daughter Eviegrace arrived, and despite being seriously ill, she managed to miraculously deliver her via C-section.
She was desperate to have her partner Josh by her side but was forced to give birth alone.
Knowing how sick his wife was, Josh tried to arrange for Samantha to cradle her baby before her condition worsened, but this wasn't possible.
Following the birth, Samantha was rushed off for further treatment, but died two days later.
"When the baby was born, she dropped down slightly and it was like 'here's your daughter' and then they whisked her off into the next room because of close contact with Covid, and obviously they have checks they do on newborns anyway," Josh told Good Morning Britain.
"So it was two, three seconds tops that she had seen her.
"She carried her for eight months and then never got to hold her in her arms."
Josh stressed that the "two things she never wanted to do at any time" were to have a C-section and "give birth on her own".
"Me and our daughter were on a FaceTime call while it was happening," he said.
"She had gotten over the part that she needed to have a section as it was safer for her and the baby at the time. The fact that we were on a FaceTime meant we were kind of there with her."
Josh had previously revealed that Samantha was unvaccinated, as she was following public health advice which stated that she should wait until after giving birth to receive her jabs.