Releasing a picture of Fred and Charlotte from their hospital beds, Bettina Rowley warned parents to be on their guard when letting their children out and about.
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Revealing the worrying news on her Facebook page, Bettina, from Munich, Germany, warned: "This is not just a cold".
“Don’t say you are not afraid of getting it, you really don’t know what you are dealing with.
“If this is what happens to healthy kids that meant to “not get very sick” I hate to think of those with preconditions.”
Giving Fabulous permission to release the shocking picture, she told how her two went from healthy to sick in a matter of hours – despite being generally well.
“We are a fit and healthy family,” she said.
“I have to share our last few days with you in the hope it will wake one or two people up to the importance of staying home and also having your kids not mingle and play with other kids as if nothing is going on in this current situation.”
She told how both her children suddenly got sick with a high temperature.
“Usually one gets sick and then the other a few days later,” she explained.
“Never have both had an illness at the same time like clockwork.
“The temperatures didn’t come down even after meds.
If this is what happens to healthy kids that meant to not get very sick, I hate to think of those with preconditions.
“Then the dry cough started and I knew what we were dealing with. That alone was a process in itself.
“Many phone calls were involved.”
Bettina told how a paediatrician was called out who was “fabulous”
“The doctor came out in full protection gear to test them,” she explained. “We all stayed home in that time of waiting. 48 hours later the confirmation: coronavirus.
“Our kids have been symptom free and healthy up to the minute they got so unwell.”
She said the illness was “not just like a cold.”
“We are now in isolation in hospital and the kids aren’t well,” she said.
“Their blood count just came back worse than yesterday so no improvement but the opposite.
“We are only seen a few times during the day as they don’t want to come in contact too much which is a great way to protect the medical staff.
“And if they do there is a long process for staff to come in as of course, they need to protect themselves.
“We are very grateful the way we are looked after. Nobody really has too many answers though as we are all still learning about this virus."
Happily, Bettina's children are now recovering.
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