CMV symptoms: Mother who passed cold-like virus to her daughter was told she would never walk or talk

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A mum who was told her daughter would never walk or talk after catching a cold while pregnant shared her joy after the brave child waved for the first time.

Proud mother of Minnie-Mae Farnell, Courtney, 23, said she was “so emotional” after the toddler looked up at her from her crib and held out her arms to greet her.

Courtney even managed to capture the adorable moment on video, adding that it was a “huge milestone” for the bubbly three-year-old.

She said: “Minnie just waved at me at the age of three, she just waved for the first time. I’m so thrilled.

“This is a huge milestone for Minnie, the girl I was told would never move or have any quality of life.”

Courtney contracted common cytomegalovirus (CMV) – a virus that causes cold-like symptoms – eight weeks into her pregnancy, which she then passed on to Minnie-Mae.

The virus, which is spread through saliva, tears and urine, is usually harmless but can be fatal for unborn babies. Courtney believes she contracted the disease while caring for vulnerable people.

Courtney said she was urged by doctors to abort her baby but decided to go ahead with the pregnancy. Minnie-Mae was born in September 2019.

While Minnie-Mae suffers from anemia, stiffness, muscle weakness, epilepsy and severe brain damage, Courtney said she doesn’t regret her decision to keep her.

And after years of hospital visits, she said it was amazing to see her “smiling” and be able to communicate with her mother in such a “happy” way.

(Courtney Farnell/SWNS)

Courtney said: “The baby they told me would never move was walking in front of my eyes. I was told she would be blind, deaf, she would never walk or talk.

“Look at her now. She is always smiling. She is always so happy. Minnie-Mae makes me proud in every way.”

Courtney, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, became pregnant in January 2019 and had some bleeding at first, but it was ruled out as normal.

And a scan at 12 weeks revealed that her unborn baby had fluid on the brain — a sign of CMV — but it quickly disappeared.

However, her next scan at 20 weeks revealed that “everything was wrong”, with little Minnie-Mae having severe brain damage and liver and kidney problems due to CMV.

The virus is responsible for cold sores and chickenpox, but only around 1 in 1,000 babies born in the UK each year will have permanent disabilities as a result.

(Courtney Farnell/SWNS)

But if a mother first contracts it during pregnancy, it can be transferred to her unborn baby and cause birth defects.

The only way to prevent CMV is to take good hygiene precautions, such as washing your hands with soap and not sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses with children.

Courtney said she faced an incredibly difficult dilemma when she found out the virus had passed to her baby, but later decided to go ahead with the pregnancy.

She said: “They told me she would never breathe on her own. It was like, bang, something hit me in the heart.

“They told me to terminate the pregnancy, that I was too young and would be her lifelong caregiver – but I was a caregiver anyway like my job so I didn’t want to give up.

“They were all supportive of my decisions to continue, but since none of them could ever relate to the pain I was feeling, I think they felt awkward about what they could do.”

(Courtney Farnell/SWNS)

Courtney was induced at 34 weeks due to reduced movement, and Minnie-Mae was born on September 3, 2019 at 11:58 pm, weighing just 2 pounds, 4 ounces.

After nine hours, she was taken off life support at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and defied the odds by breathing on her own.

Since then, she has attended hundreds of hospital appointments with Minnie-Mae as she seeks to spread the word about CMV, particularly among expectant mothers.

Courtney said: “If you get CMV in the early stages of pregnancy, it can have terrible results.

“You can get the virus from changing diapers and bottles, which I did regularly as a caregiver for children and adults, as well as simply not washing my hands.

“You don’t even know you’re not pregnant, but nobody ever warned me about it.

“I was mortified when I found out I could have contracted the virus through my caregiving work.”

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