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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Abigail Unruh and her baby boy are on the road to recovery at Overland Park Regional Medical Center after she gave birth while in a medically induced coma due to the flu.

Unruh was seven months pregnant and thought she was battling a cold. She didn't get a flu shot and "didn't even think" she would get the virus.

But she did, and it grew worse and worse until she collapsed on the kitchen floor. She had a powerful strain of the H1N1 flu bug that had turned into pneumonia. 

Her grandmother, Kathryn Unruh, knew the situation was bad and made sure she got medical help.

She was clinging to life when she entered the hospital. Doctors put the woman in a coma to give her body time to heal. She was placed on a ventilator.

But two days after she entered the hospital, her son decided to make his arrival.

"This is very unusual," said Dr. James Kaplan. "She went into labor on her own. Her OBGYN helped with the delivery, but she was asleep during the entire process."

Family members put a photo of son Douglas in her room. She remains weak and is hospitalized. She cannot yet regularly hold her son, who is doing well but remains hospitalized for treatment. She is being transferred to another facility for treatment later this week.

She said her son is a miracle,

"Neither one of us should have made it," she said. "He is perfect."

Her grandmother agreed.

"I don't know how she did it, but the Lord's hands were on the both of them," Kathryn Unruh said.

The young mother knows how much she has missed and has a New Year's resolution.

"I think I will be getting my flu shot from now on that's for sure. I missed out on two weeks of my son's life. I missed out on actually giving birth to my son. I will be getting my flu shot from now on," Abigail Unruh vowed.

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