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Worcestershire boy, 5, with coronavirus asks: ‘Mummy, am I going to die?’ – Birmingham Live

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After testing positive for Covid-19 having first displayed symptoms on March 16, Lauren Fulbrook’s little boy Alfie managed to beat coronavirus

A Worcestershire mum has voiced her fear for her son after he was struck down with coronavirus.
After testing positive for Covid-19 having first displayed symptoms on March 16, Lauren Fulbrook’s little boy Alfie is now on the road to recovery.
Heartbreakingly, the Midlands mum-of-two, who hails from Worcs, has spoken out over fearing for Alfie’s life.
Alfie, who lay helplessly on a hospital bed after being rushed to a medical facility in the region, heartbreakingly asked her: “Mummy, am I going to die?”
The mum-of-two wrote on Facebook in a post thats been shared more than 51,000 times in a bid to share her concern.
In it, Mirror Online reports how she writes: “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.”
On Facebook, Lauren 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. 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.”
“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,” she added.
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.”
She 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 it worsened throughout Tuesday, then his temperature suddenly kicked in Tuesday night and it shot straight to 38.4 so I had to keep him off school.
“Alfie kept saying he was ok and felt good – which he normally does. But come Thursday his temperature had hit 42.3 and I couldnt get it down. He wasnt eating, hardly drinking and said he couldnt move.
“So I rang 111 and they sent an ambulance out in the morning, but they said that the hospital was so busy they couldnt take him in. They got his temperature down and said if it went back up or he got worse to ring 999.”
Lauren continued: “Later that evening he was vomiting, hallucinating, crying, holding his head saying it felt like it was going to explode and his eyes were hurting, so the ambulance came out and said we had to go back in.”
“They gave him medicine and they kept him stripped off and on fluids to bring his temperature down,” Lauren said, recalling her hospital trip.
“I couldnt fault the hospital staff. They reassured me, kept me informed and asked if he wanted anything. They even brought me tea and coffee!”
Lauren added: The hospital advised that as long as I could give Alfie medicine – I would be able to self-isolate us all at home.
“Hes still recovering now after a week and a day. Today is the first day he has asked for food and has been playing a little bit. He still has a cough and a slight temperature but he is getting better.”
Lauren said: “I just wanted people to take it seriously, stop acting like its nothing and they wont get affected, they might not, but they can pass it on to others.
“I dont have a choice but to power on, I have an 18-month-old daughter as well as Alfie and we are all ill now, just not to the extent that Alfie was.
“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.”
Lauren added: “Since being home I cant fault our family, friends and Alfies school for helping us out and making sure we have everything we need.”

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