A single mum has spoken of her "heartbreak" after her 12-week-old baby contracted coronavirus - in what is thought to be one of the UK's youngest cases to date.
Little Winter-Rose Watson was admitted to hospital on Friday morning (3 April) suffering from a severe temperature and struggling to breathe.
According to distraught mum Jade Watson, doctors initially ruled Covid-19 out but tests the next day confirmed the virus, she said.
Brave Winter-Rose was placed on a drip and left to fight for her life, as experts told the mum-of-two there was "nothing else" they could do.
Miraculously, within 48 hours the baby's condition had improved so drastically she was allowed to return home, where she remains in recovery now.
Jade, 27, from Burnley, Lancs., said: "It was the worst experience of my entire life, I was so scared.
"To see my baby struggling like that was so painful, I couldn't believe what was happening.
"I'm so grateful she was able to pull through." Jade is speaking about her ordeal to warn other parents about being vigilant and staying indoors, following reports babies were not as susceptible to the virus.
The single mum, who also has a six-year-old son, said: "On Thursday she had a really bad temperature, it was about 38.5 degrees.
"So I contacted 111 and they advised me to stay at home.
"But at about 5am on Friday I'd set my alarm to check on her and she'd got really warm, even more than she was before.
"I didn't even need to touch her, there was heat just coming off her.
She was gasping for breath.
"I called for an ambulance but it took around three hours to get here.
Her temperature had gone down slightly but it was still 39.1." Winter-Rose was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Jade said it was "heartbreaking" to see her little girl in so much pain but it was made worse by the fact she had to go through the ordeal alone, without the comfort of having her family and friends around her.
The single mum claims upon arrival at the hospital with her daughter a senior doctor told her babies did not get Covid-19 and they would not be testing the 12 week old.
She said: "That really upset me, and they could see that.
"A consultant said he still wanted to give her a test though and they put a cannula in her hand and tried to put a catheter in her too, it was heartbreaking." It usually takes 24 to 48 hours for a coronavirus test to come back, so while doctors waited for the results, Jade says they carried out other checks and placed Winter-Rose on antibiotics to try to bring her fever down.
She added: "They put needles in her spine to check for meningitis and gave her antibiotics, but they didn't work.
"And on Saturday morning the doctor came and told me she had tested positive for coronavirus.
"It was the worst thing in the world to hear.
"She was on a drip to try to get her fluids back up but there was nothing else they could do to help her fight it." Over the weekend, Winter-Rose's condition improved and she was allowed to go back to her home in Burnley on Monday morning, where Jade was told to isolate with the 12-week-old for 14 days.
Jade said: "She's still got the virus and I don't know if I've had it or not, as the only symptom I had was a headache that wouldn't go away, even after taking headache pills.
"My son was with me a couple of days before Winter went into hospital, but now he has to isolate with his dad at his home as we don't know if he could have it too.
"It's been such a difficult time as I've not been able to have anyone come and visit.
Even when I was in the hospital I was on my own, it was hard.
"You need support at times like this, but with this whole situation, it must be so difficult for people who are in hospital alone, not having anyone to come and visit them.
"That was the hardest thing - having no-one to support me at the hospital.
"I did receive a lot of nice messages from people online though.
That was quite overwhelming, and made me cry but it's what got me through." Jade said doctors are continuing to check on Winter-Rose's condition every day, and family members drop food and other items outside her house.
She added: "There's been talk of this virus not affecting babies the same way as others, but it does, and it has affected Winter so much.
I had never seen her looking so helpless.
"I'd only been out of the house really to go to Lidl and Home Bargains but people need to listen to the advice, and stay indoors."
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