Coronavirus victim, 47, in intensive care as wife urges public to ‘wake up’

A heartbroken mum has described how her healthy 47-year-old husband was rushed into intensive care after developing severe coronavirus symptoms.

In an emotional Facebook post, Jennifer Colqhoun said she wasn’t even allowed to be at husband Stewart’s bedside as he battles the disease on a ventilator at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Glasgow, Scotland.

She said: “People need to wake up to how dangerous this is.

“I am not allowed to sit with him, hold his hand and say 'stay strong' , 'we love you' and 'come on fight this' due to the severity of this virus.

"Please tell everyone you know to stay safe."

Jennifer decided to share her experience in a bid to highlight the dangers facing us all unless people adhere to tough social distancing advice issued by the government, reports Glasgow Live.

The Glasgow mum added: “I am not one for sharing information about my personal life on social media, but today someone told me to share this as I am frightened about how this horrendous coronavirus is not being taken seriously by thousands and thousands of people."

Jennifer, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, is also worried about who will look after her children should she need to go back into hospital.

She went on: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and chemotherapy finished in November.

"I have had three operations ending in a mastectomy in February and I’m waiting to start radiotherapy at the end of this month which I don’t think will happen due to all of this as I will still be in a self isolation period."

Jennifer said she was unsure what would happen to the rest of her family if she fell ill: “I am so worried about my kids if I also end up in hospital. I don't know who will look after them as my mum and dad are 72 and 86.

"This is all like a nightmare that you want to wake up from.”

Meanwhile Boris Johnson has warned the British public that “tougher measures” could be introduced in the country if people do not take the government's coronavirus advice seriously.

The PM thanked people for making sacrifices but said people must follow social distancing guidance.

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