‘Coronavirus felt like the DEVIL was in me’: Mother, 28, with asthma tells how she went from being fit-and-healthy to gasping for breath in an oxygen mask in hospital after catching killer bug
- Jamie Baggett, from Loughton, Essex, was rushed to hospital with Covid-19
- The mother has revealed how the virus left her with a horrific pain in her chest
- She also shared her fears that she would pass the virus to her son, aged eight
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A fit-and-healthy mother aged just 28 has revealed how catching the coronavirus made her feel like the ‘devil was inside her’.
Jamie Baggett, from Loughton, Essex, suffers from asthma and had to be hooked up to an oxygen tank by nurses after coming down with a chest infection.
She was rushed to Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow, Essex but is now self-isolating at home and using her experience to warn young people of the dangers of coronavirus.
Ms Baggett has also admitted that she is worried she could pass the virus onto her son Rylan, eight.
Jamie Baggett, from Loughton, Essex, suffers from asthma and had to be hooked up to an oxygen tank after contracting coronavirus
She said: ‘It was horrific pain. I was sick three times when I was coughing. I had a constant pain and aches all over’
The mother said she is healthy, a regular gym-goer and enjoys spin classes.
Speaking about he experience with coronavirus, she said she had a fever and nausea.
That developed into cold-like symptoms and what Ms Baggett thought was a chest infection.
A doctor initially gave her antibiotics and, a few days later, she felt better.
However, a continuous cough led her to developing pneumonia and she was diagnosed with Covid-19.
She told the Sun: ‘It was horrific pain. I was sick three times when I was coughing. I had a constant pain and aches all over.
‘My chest was the worst. It was like a stabbing pain every time I took a breath.
She was rushed to Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow, Essex but is now self-isolating at home
Speaking about her son Rylan, she said he’s ‘helping her’ but she fears he will catch it from her
‘It felt like it was piercing my inside and lasted a while.’
She says she is feeling a ‘lot better’ now that she has been discharged from hospital but admitted that she still gets coughing fits.
Speaking about her son Rylan, she said he’s ‘helping her’ but she fears he will catch it from her, even though she isn’t infectious any longer.
Ms Baggett admitted she ‘never thought’ she would contract the virus.
It comes as seven more people in Wales died today after contracting the coronavirus with three junior doctors on ventilators in the same London hospital.
Britain’s total number of infections has soared to 5,018, after Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton confirmed that 12 people in total have died.
‘My thoughts are with their families and friends, and I ask that their privacy is respected at this very sad time,’ Dr Atherton said.
The latest announcement brings the number of UK deaths to 240, as Boris Johnson warned young people to take Covid-19 more seriously.
Meanwhile, three medics – all aged 30 – are ‘not in a good way’ after they contracted the virus ‘precisely because they were helping other people’.
A medical source told The Sun on Sunday: ‘Some will get mild symptoms – but not all will, and what has happened to the junior doctors shows that.
‘Hopefully they are all strong enough to fight off the virus. But it serves as a warning to younger people not to be complacent.’
Last night Boris Johnson urged the public not to visit their parents for Mother’s Day and instead make contact via video call services such as Skype, adding that ‘we cannot disguise or sugar coat the threat’ of coronavirus – and its potentially lethal threat to the elderly and vulnerable.
Britons are now entering a more severe state of social lockdown as doctors warn that a ‘tsunami’ of severely ill patients was about to engulf them, describing near-apocalyptic scenes amid chronic shortages of basic equipment and fears that unprotected medics could either become desperately ill themselves or become carriers and infect others.