A mum is waiting anxiously for test results after her eight-month-old baby developed coronavirus symptoms – making him the youngest suspected victim in Britain.
Stephanie Adlam's little boy James came into contact with an A&E doctor who has since been confirmed to have the deadly flu-like virus when he was treated for a leg injury.
The 28-year-old, from Worthing, West Sussex, said: "I’m terrified for my little baby…I have to live every moment wondering if he might die.”
James has had severe symptoms of the virus including high temperature, coughing fits, a runny nose and severe fatigue since doctors informed his mum he had come into "direct, significant contact" with the infected doc.
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Speaking to The Sun, Stephanie said the test results will hopefully be released on Friday, with the highly contagious virus, originating in Wuhan, China, having already killed 1,710 people since December.
With the mum-of-two and James now in self-isolation in their home, she has accused officials at Worthing Hospital of leaving them in the dark since warning the tot could be infected.
She said: “We have been abandoned. I have to live every moment wondering if my little boy might die and no one is helping me.
“I’ve had nothing from the hospital. Not a ‘How are you?’ or ‘What’s going on?’ ‘How’s the baby?’ We’ve just been told to stay indoors and call 111 if our symptoms get worse.
“The first thing going through my head is that this thing is going to kill me, my son, my ex-partner and daughter.
“James had a terrible temperature of 38.3C.
“He has an awful cold, a bad cough, his nose has been running.
“My daughter has also been having coughing fits.
“I have been feeling sick. It’s been a living nightmare.”
Stephanie slammed hospital bosses for delaying revealing that the doctor who treated James had coronavirus.
The brave little tot already has haemophilia, which impairs the body's ability to make blood clots, and so stop bleeding.
He had knocked his leg while playing, causing an internal bleed and was admitted to hospital on February 2 and during the week they both stayed there James and Stephanie came into contact with the infected GP.
“One minute we’re getting his leg checked and all of a sudden we’re potential victims of this virus that is killing people across the world,” said Stephanie from her home-come-quarantine unit.
Having left the hospital and arrived home with her two kids, Stephanie was contacted by Public Health England officials who warned they were at risk.
Minutes later, hazmat suit-wearing medics arrived and took them back to the hospital via ambulance for tests.
Stephanie said: “We were put in a room with just two chairs and a phone. We sat there so scared.
“I just wanted to hold my son and be close to him.
“I sat there and prayed that he hadn’t got this terrible virus.”
Three swabs were taken from Stephanie and James.
“We had masks put around our mouths and rushed out the back of the hospital through a side door," she continued.
“We were then told to get home as quickly as possible and not to leave the house.
“I suffer from really bad anxiety and waiting for these tests results has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Both James and his sister Fran, five, are having their temperatures checked every two hours while their dad Nick said previously: “We are in hell and completely petrified.
“We are giving the kids Calpol and paracetamol but nothing seems to ease their symptoms.
“The only time we can open the door is to take food deliveries,” added the dad, who is no longer in a relationship with Stephanie.
The infected GP had been at the ski chalet in the French Alps with British businessman Stephen Walsh, who has been labelled the 'super-spreader' after infecting 11 others Brits.
The dad from Hove, East Sussex, who is also a scout leader, had contracted the virus during a conference in Singapore before stopping off in the Alps on his way home.
The identity of the doctor who may have infected James has been kept a secret, but it is understood one of the GPs at the chalet had worked a shift in the Worthing emergency department.
Stephanie has urged the Government and health authorities to take more decisive action as they attempt to stop the coronavirus spreading further.
So far, 2,521 people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus, with just nine confirmed cases, including five in Brighton, thanks to Mr Walsh, and one in London – with that woman arriving by Uber at the hospital.
Over 80 Britons were allowed to leave a quarantine unit at a Wirral hospital on Thursday having been evacuated from China, with the Asian country at the centre of the epidemic seeing a spike in new cases.
China's death toll soared by 254 in 24 hours after changes were made to how the virus is tested.
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