A much-loved mother has died in her sleep at home after developing coronavirus symptoms – and today her youngest son is fighting for his life in hospital after being exposed.
Linda Tuppen, from Greater Manchester, was found lifeless by her eldest son Rob, 28, last Saturday – five days after she began to feel unwell.
The 66-year-old had been caring for her son Rob, who contracted coronavirus after returning from Krakow earlier in the month, before falling ill herself.
Linda’s youngest son James, 23, was admitted to hospital with coronavirus on Sunday, where he is still fighting the killer bug.
Linda Tuppen’s death comes as:
- UK saw its biggest increase in coronavirus deaths today with 569 confirmed
- The total number of deaths in Britain is 2,921 with 33,718 confirmed cases
- British Airways temporarily laid of 36,000 staff with most flights grounded
- Questions raised over Cheltenham Festival after celebrities picked up virus
- The FCA has urged banks to give those struggling a £500 interest-free overdraft
- There were 950,000 new claims for Universal Credit in the past two weeks
Linda began complaining of a chest infection on March 23, the day the Prime Minister imposed a lockdown, and her symptoms escalated to pain in her sinuses, causing her to stay in bed all day the following Thursday and Friday.
Her son, software engineer Rob, of Bolton, was so concerned for his mother he called 111.
But Linda, a much-loved former teacher and nursery nurse, refused to speak to them and said she just wanted to sleep.
Tragically, he went to check on her the next morning and found that she had passed away.
Rob, 28, said: ‘I was in a panic, she was just lay there, and I shouted ‘mum, mum,’ but she didn’t answer.
‘I was doing chest compressions until the ambulance came. I was still in the room when he came over and said she was gone.
‘It’s devastating, we lost our father in 2008, so we’re pretty much on our own now.
‘She was a kind, loving lady who adored me and James and would have done anything for us. She always used to say that we are were her lives. She would do anything for anyone.’
Rob revealed his mother had suffered with asthma before she passed away.
He said: ‘This is serious. This is not a joke, this could happen to anyone. They were fine when I came back, but then I got ill, and they’ve picked it up off me because my mum was looking after me while I was ill. She was putting a cloth over her mouth but it obviously didn’t work.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Martin Robinson