Human Interest Atlanta Mom with Coronavirus Gives Birth to Twins While in Coma: 'Family Is Complete' "The worst part of that waking up, I look down and I have no big stomach, no babies," the mom said of the initial shock when she woke up in the hospital after a five-day coma By Benjamin VanHoose Benjamin VanHoose Twitter Benjamin VanHoose is an Associate Editor on the Movies team at PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE for over three years as a writer and reporter across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial to the Oscars. He regularly covers red carpet events and has interviewed stars like Drew Barrymore, Ryan Reynolds and Kirsten Dunst. He previously worked as a copy editor at Topix Media Lab. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 8, 2020 09:06 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Piedmont Healthcare Facebook An Atlanta mother of four is glad to have her family together after experiencing the unusual delivery of her twins. On Thursday, Monique Cook spoke with hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on Today with Hoda and Jenna, sharing her story of being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while eight-months pregnant. When she started feeling shortness of breath while at home, she called her doctor and immediately went to the hospital. "My contractions started coming two minutes apart," she recalled. "I knew something was wrong." Cook soon tested positive for COVID-19, and doctors told her they would need to perform a C-section. Cook said the last thing she remembered prior to giving birth was counting down from 10, then — five days later — waking up from a coma. "The worst part of that waking up, I look down and I have no big stomach, no babies," Cook said. "I remember asking, 'Where are my babies?' That's when the young nurse said, 'Oh, your babies, they're fine.'" Her twin daughters, August Sky and Angel Renee, were born on March 24, but it would be some time before the mom would get to meet her new additions. Cook stayed isolated in the hospital for 11 days, then had to quarantine after being discharged. Mom Meets Baby for First Time After Surviving Coronavirus: ‘An Incredibly Proud Moment’ Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories Her husband, Andre, was able to get photos of the newborns to Cook via the medical staffers while she was recovering from the virus. And when she finally got to embrace August and Angel, she said the feeling was unmatched. "The moment that I got to hold them was great," said Cook. Cook — who's also mom to daughters Isis, 17, and Winter, 4 — was grateful to the nurses and doctors who helped her during the ordeal, which she acknowledged could have had a much different outcome. RELATED VIDEO: Woman Gets Visit from Granddaughter on Her Wedding Day Through Glass Mother Who Gave Birth While in a Coma and Fighting the Coronavirus Holds Her Baby for First Time "For somebody to fight for me that hard? It's meant for me to be here," she said. "I just want to tell them thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much, because they were my family that whole 11 days. ... Without them, I wouldn't be here." Now, back home with her family, Cook said it's a clean slate to move forward and care for her babies. "Family is complete; everybody's home," she said. "... Once they got home, it was like we were starting over. Forget the past month — now it's like our new start." As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.