Mother of baby boy from Plympton with coronavirus says people need to stop treating lockdown as 'one big holiday'

The mother of a seven-month-old baby boy who's been treated for coronavirus at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital is urging people to stop treating lockdown as "one big holiday".

Courtney Barker's youngest child Arthur was rushed to hospital on 2 April after his heart rate soared to more than 200 beats a minute and developed a fever.

He became unconscious and floppy, according to his family, and had a temperature of 39.3C - almost 103F.

Arthur's family say he received amazing treatment at Derriford Hospital Credit: Courtney Barker

Arthur, who has now been confirmed to have the virus, had been self-isolating for four weeks with his mum, dad and two brothers, as three family members are 'high-risk', with heart disease, kidney disease and severe asthma.

Courtney said her husband Kenyon only left their home in Plympton twice in that period to pick up essentials, "yet coronavirus still managed to make its way" into their home.

Arthur's symptoms included a sore throat, cough, sickness, diarrhoea, red and itchy ears, fatigue, decrease in appetite, runny nose and watery eyes.

He is now recovering at home.

The 23-year-old mum said: "The staff and doctors in A&E and on the ward were amazing, and even the ambulance crew. They were so fast."

Courtney, her husband and nine-year-old son say they are now showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Arthur has now been released from hospital Credit: Courtney Barker

I wasn’t going to post this because I didn’t want certain family members to get upset as some don’t know that Arthur has been poorly.

Courtney Barker, writing on Facebook

Courtney added that Arthur is now on day four of fighting the virus and she has been given a list of things to do to ease his discomfort.

We have been self isolating for four weeks (three of us are high risk).

Courtney Barker, mother of seven-month-old Arthur
Arthur with his mum and dad and two brothers Credit: Courtney Barker