A five-year-old ‘perfectly healthy’ boy with coronavirus asked his 30-year-old mother: ‘Mummy, am I going to die?’
Lauren Fulbrook, from Bromyard, Worcestershire, told her five-year-old son Alfie, who was ‘perfectly healthy’ started showing coronavirus symptoms.
He had a temperature of 42C, suffered hallucinations and vomiting after attending a swimming lesson last week.
Lauren said: “He started off sounding husky last Monday and I put it down to swallowing too much chlorine from his swimming lesson that day.”
“Then he got a bark-like cough and then Thursday his temperature had hit 42.3 and I couldn’t get it down.”
Alfie, who couldn’t eat, drink and move, was then hospitalized at Worcester hospital where he was taken into an isolation room and the doctors tested him for Covid-19.
The result came positive and Alfie was given a bed in the isolation unit.
The mother said: “They gave him medicine and they kept him stripped off and on fluids to bring his temperature down.”
“I couldn’t fault the hospital staff. They reassured me, kept me informed and asked if he wanted anything. They even brought me tea and coffee!”
After spending two days at the hospital, Alfie was allowed to go back home but was told to live in isolation.
The doctors told the mother they can self-isolate at home as long as they give Alfie medicine.
It has been a week and Alfie is still recovering.
When the five-year-old son asked his mother: “Mummy, am I going to die?”, the mother was left heartbroken and issued a warning through her Facebook.
She told Coronavirus is NOT a joke and urged everyone to take it seriously and stay at home instead of going to the pub or to a restaurant.
She wrote: “I’ve had to watch my 5-year-old son go from having all the energy in the world to not moving, not eating, hardly drinking or urinating.”
Lauren said it was the worst experience of her life seeing Alfie’s health deteriorated.
She urged everyone to maintain social distancing and take care of their health as she has seen its effects.
She wrote: “I just wanted people to take it seriously, stop acting like it’s nothing and they won’t get affected, they might not, but they can pass it on to others.”
“It was truly one of the worst experiences of my life, hearing my son ask if he was going to die and seeing the genuine panic and upset in his eyes broke my heart.”
Her post went viral and people praised her for her post. Internet users also urged everyone to stay at home as it is for their own good.
Alfie still has a cough and a slight temperature but he is much better than before as he is now able to eat and play.
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