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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.

Credit: Courtney Barker
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.

However I’m getting fed up of people not taking isolation seriously and thinking it’s just one big holiday. COVID-19 sucks! This is my seven-month-old son, Arthur.

He was rushed to hospital by ambulance three days ago! His temperature spiked to 39.3C after being given Calpol, his heart rate was 206 BPM.

He was unconscious and floppy! It was petrifying.

– 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).

My husband was the only one who left the house (twice) for food essentials. Yet it has still managed to make its way into our house.

We followed every guideline set, yet people aren’t aware the virus is air born. If someone coughs who has the virus it can stay in the air for up to three hours!!

So PLEASE STAY HOME. If you do have to leave wear gloves and a medical mask. When you get home strip off and wash everything!

The Government needs to be more strict! Is it really worth your life or anyone else’s life for the sake of a walk or a run? Or even a trip out in the car?

Arthur is finally home today and has confirmed COVID-19 and we are doing everything we have been told to for him!

He’s a little fighter. It’s awful to see my child so, so poorly.

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