A mum has revealed the heart wrenching moment her hallucinating five-year-old whispered “mummy, am I going to die?” as he battled coronavirus in hospital.
Lauren Fulbrook, 30, took to Facebook to share the moving story of how little Alfie lay helplessly in a hospital bed as Covid-19 ravaged his tiny body.
The schoolboy was left with a 42C fever, hallucinations, and bouts of vomiting after contracting the deadly bug at home in in Worcestershire.
Mum-of-two Lauren begged parents to take social distancing seriously in the emotional Facebook post.
She wrote: "Coronavirus is NOT a joke.
"Please stop brushing it under the carpet and putting not only your own lives at risk but everyone else's just because you want to go to the pub, or to a restaurant or think you need 7 packs of 24 toilet rolls, as a Covid-19 positive household, I've seen the effects it has.
"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. His temperature wouldn't go below the 40s and at its highest was 42.3 which caused vomiting.
"I watched him hallucinating and crying from his headache, being taken to hospital by ambulance to be put in isolation pods and be swabbed for the virus and confirmed positive."
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Lauren described it as the "worst experience of her life" when Alfie first started to show symptoms on Monday March 16.
Her post continued: "His blood sugar levels were only 3.7, his respiratory rate was 18-20 and his heart rate was 180, the sweat was pouring out of him but he was shivering, he was panting for breath and he had photophobia."
Lauren ended her post with a defiant message directed to those who are ignoring government advice to stay at home during the global crisis.
She pleaded: "So please, just stay in for a little while, so what if you can't do all your normal things, the sooner everybody does social distancing, the sooner it will be over.
"I am not posting this for attention or sympathy, as I could have done that the day he got sick, I just want people to stay safe. Please think of your health and others."
Laura's moving post has since been shared more than 51,000 times and has received more than 10,000 comments.
Her warning came as Britain’s COVID-19 death toll rose to 422, while 8,077 people were confirmed to have tested positive.
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