Mum, 25, tells of five-month-old daughter’s battle with coronavirus that NHS 111 initially dismissed as chicken pox – The Sun
A MUM has opened up about her five-month-old daughter's battle with coronavirus after NHS 111 dismissed her symptoms as chicken pox.
Emily Woodger, 25, spoke about the “nightmare infection” which left daughter Amelia fighting for her life.
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The terrified mum first realised something was wrong with Amelia when her temperature rose and she wouldn’t stop sleeping.
When Emily, of Brandon, Suffolk, and husband Connor dialled the NHS helpline they were at first told not to worry – with a call handler telling them it may be chicken pox.
But Amelia’s symptoms worsened and on Saturday, April 4 the couple were told to bring her straight to A&E at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds.
Emily said: “We went straight into paediatrics. Her heart rate was really high, and her temperature had gone up. Then we went to the Rainbow ward where they did every test possible including coronavirus.”
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Amelia was put on a drip and given antibiotics in case of infection while her mum waited for the results.
Emily added: “They told me I would be there at least three days. But as soon as we were in hospital we weren’t allowed to leave and no one was allowed to visit. I was so worried, I sat crying in a room on my own.
“You just don’t know what to do. You couldn’t help her, she had needles everywhere, I felt helpless.”
On Monday last week, a doctor confirmed Amelia had tested positive for COVID-19.
Emily said: “As soon as we found out she had it, they only came in if it was necessary.
“They put my lunch on a table by the door, they knocked on the window if I wanted anything.
“Then on April 7 we were allowed to leave but were told to go straight home and isolate for 15 days. Amelia isn’t 100 per cent, but there are smiles, so she is on the mend.”
Emily, who is isolating at home with Ameila and Connor, believes she now has coronavirus after suffering a number of symptoms and losing her sense of taste.
But despite the NHS initially getting it wrong, Emily has since praised medics for their care, thanking them as her daughter returned home for Easter.
Sharing photos of a now healthy Amelia on Facebook, Emily wrote: “The biggest thank you to West Suffolk hospital for the most outstanding care at these uncertain times.
“We are just two of the lucky ones who have come out the other side. The gift of life is the best gift of all.”
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