Daughter rushed to hospital with coronavirus only to discover her MUM dying of bug on ward – The Sun
A DAUGHTER was rushed to hospital with coronavirus only to find her mum dying of the deadly bug.
Mavis Chapman's mum Hilda Lee, 89, became the second member of the family to die with Covid-19 after Mrs Chapman's brother-in-law Frank Nuttall died days earlier.
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Mrs Chapman, 60, was rushed to hospital with symptoms of the virus after isolating for two weeks at home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, as she suffers from asthma.
She told the Manchester Evening News: "I had an upset stomach, a bit of a cough, we were feeling very weak – that was the worst part of it – the breathlessness. My temperature went up.
"When I started having trouble breathing, my husband phoned the ambulance."
But she was stunned when she saw her mother in the same room at Royal Bolton Hospital on April 4.
'THAT'S MY MUM'
Mrs Chapman added: "I was in the triage room, I spotted my mum across the room.
"I was leaning trying to get a better look and one of the nurses said 'what are you doing?'. I said, 'that's my mum.'
"They started wheeling her past and I managed to get hold of her hand – by then I hadn't seen my mum for two weeks because of the lockdown.
"She was so smiley. She told me she actually never felt very ill at home.
"She had gone into hospital Saturday dinner time, then I went in around Saturday tea time – I hadn't even realised she had gone in."
"I couldn't believe it."
They started wheeling her past and I managed to get hold of her hand – by then I hadn't seen my mum for two weeks because of the lockdown.
Yesterday, coronavirus deaths in the UK jumped to 13,729 after 861 more patients died in hospital
According to the Department of Health 103,093 people have tested positive for the deadly bug – up 4,617 from yesterday.
Mrs Chapman and great grandmother of four Ms Lee ended up on the same ward four days later as they were treated for the virus.
Both mother and daughter's test results arrived on the same day to show they were both positive for coronavirus.
Mrs Chapman said she was scared as her brother-in-law had died from the disease three days earlier.
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During their time together on the ward, they held hands, spoke to each other and video called their family as hospital staff cared for them.
Mrs Chapman said: "After a few days I found out we were on the same ward and the nurses said, 'we'll see how you are and we'll let you go and see your mum for a bit.'
"My mum was told we were on the same ward and she was all excited.
"The doctors told me that she was much more ill than me, but as long as she responded to treatment, there was no reason she wouldn't be going home."
The following day Mrs Chapman was told she could go home even though she "didn't want to leave".
She said: "Right before I left the hospital, I told her to do as the doctors told her and make sure that she got better so we could celebrate her 90th birthday next year.
"But when I got home, I just held my husband and said 'mum won't be long behind me.'
"I crawled up the stairs and got in bed. I slept all night and all the next day."
Last Saturday, Mrs Chapman found our her mum had died from the virus.
But she won't be able to attend her mother's or her brother-in-law's funerals as she is still too ill.
She said: "I felt horrible. The hardest part is that we can't hold each other and we have to cry over the phone.
"The doctors kept telling me I'm lucky to be alive and it will be months before I'm back to normal.
"But I feel awful because I'm missing my brother-in-law's funeral and my mum's funeral because I won't be well enough.
"I'm just happy I was there with her that day and I could call the family and we could have those last moments together.
"She lived a long and happy life – there was so much laughter in those last few months."
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