Family members of a mother who died of Covid-19 all had different symptoms of coronavirus when they were affected by the bug.
Carol-Ann Challoner spoke out after losing her mother, Carol, to the deadly bug, while other family members managed to recover from the virus.
The 46-year-old, her father Joey, an ambulance driver, and her brother Joseph, who works with children with learning disabilities, all had symptoms but were able to beat the bug.
However, the social worker’s 65-year-old mother died tragically, reports The Liverpool Echo.
Croxteth Park teacher Carol-Ann shared how her family had a variety of symptoms, ranging from rashes to chills and flu-like symptoms.
She said she was first admitted to Aintree Hospital in March after struggling to breathe.
Carol-Ann’s beloved mother, Carol, was also hospitalized, but was unable to recover and lost her life.
Now Carol-Ann has talked about her experience in the hospital and why she wants to give back to the loving staff who took care of her.
She said, “I got a rash and I just thought it was allergies. It seemed the moment I ate bread, I got a rash and I replaced washing powder, so I thought it was that.
“I didn’t really pay attention to it. The day after my father came home from work and I had tea with my mom and dad that night, I don’t live with them, but I cook for them and they cook for me.
“He came home and he said ‘I’m really not feeling well, I can’t get warm’. He didn’t join us for tea, but then he developed all the signs of Covid-19. The day after I started developing symptoms.
“The morning after that was the last day the government kept the schools open and I wanted to say goodbye to 11 years old, and I was thinking about going in. Luckily I didn’t go in because I felt too unwell.
“We all had different symptoms, I had a rash, my dad got chills and flu-like symptoms.
“So I insulated myself for a week, my father insulated himself for a week.”
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Since Carol-Ann was hospitalized, more has been learned about the bug that has caused so much grief and has made so many victims.
Carol-Ann said, “There are 1001 things going through your mind because you hear people die.
“It was weird, it sounds very stupid, but it’s like forgetting how to breathe. You focus on how you can really breathe.
“I was taken to the Amber department where everyone who had not tested positive or waited for results was sent there.
“It was all a bit blurry, and I slept through most of it, but I got an IV, I got a lot of oxygen. I just remember blowing my nose and I think I was just sleeping.”
While there, she was also tragically told that nurses called her mother’s name and was told that her mother also had to go to the hospital because of her coronavirus symptoms.
She said, “I heard them say her mom is on the way, and I panicked. I started crying, I kept thinking ‘my poor little mother’. I kept thinking she shouldn’t be here. “
Carol-Ann initially said that her mother had no breathing problems, but flu-like symptoms. However, she started hallucinating and an ambulance was called.
She claimed that her mother, who was suffering from type 2 diabetes, was “reasonably fit.”
When Carol-Ann’s condition in the hospital improved, she was told to take her mother to intensive care.
Dressed in personal protective equipment, Carol-Ann was allowed to speak to her mother before she was taken to the ward.
She said, “They gave me a suit, put on gloves, attached me to an oxygen tank, and put a visor on me before taking me into my mom’s bay.
“There were patients in the bay and about three nurses and I started crying. When they took me to see my mom, I think everyone was shocked because we were mom and daughter.
“We were just crying uncontrollably, all patients were crying and even the nurses were crying. We were both just exhausted.
“We couldn’t really talk to each other with the masks and everything.”
Unfortunately, Carol died some time later, after spending a few weeks in the hospital.