Mum wakes up from coma and realises she’s lost baby boy after tragic crash

A mum woke from a coma knowing "in her heart" that her newborn child was dead following a horrifying crash.

The tragedy took place on Thursday, February 11, as Rachael Thorold was pushing Louis in a pram on an A10 pavement near Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.

A grey Mazda 2 collided with a white Renault Master van and the vehicle left the road.

The van then hit the pram, killing Louis and seriously injuring Ms Thorold, who was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

During an inquest at Lawrence Court, Louis’ provisional cause of death was given as a traumatic head injury.

Speaking via Zoom as she recovers in hospital, Rachael told the Daily Mail: "I remembered being pregnant.

"And because there was no baby I realised I must have lost him. I knew in my heart he had passed away."

Rachael has undergone intense rehabilitation and doctors hope she will be reunited with husband Chris Thorold before the end of May.

She added: “I’m doing everything to get better because I want to be the mum Louis loved.

"I owe it to him. I’ve never once thought of giving up."

Chris said his wife has made incredible progress since being hospitalised.

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He explained: “She is smashing every goal she is set. Something like learning to use a toothbrush again takes four weeks. It took Rachael ten minutes.

“At first she couldn’t even remember where she lived. Now she can operate Zoom.”

The couple initially met at Newcastle university in 2013 and got married 12 years later.

However, they struggled to conceive for five years and ended up paying for IVF treatment.

Rachael was successful on the first attempt and gave birth to Louis on August 4 last year.

Chris said they were “punchdrunk on happiness” after welcoming their beloved child.

The couple have since set up a charity in their son’s memory, the Louis Thorold Foundation, which has already raised more than £25,000.

They want to cut child pedestrian deaths by focusing on road safety, and have already secured a promisee from Cambridgeshire County Council to work on the road.

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Paying tribute to Louis, his dad earlier said: "I cannot describe how heartbroken we are that you are gone. You are such a happy little boy and your joyful smile and laughter will never leave us.

"Your ma-ma is fighting to stay with us and we are praying that she will make it through.

"You will always be in our hearts and do not worry, I am taking care of all your animals.

"We love you so much and we know you will now be safe with Granny, Grandad and Great Grandpa in Heaven."

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