Mum saw patient ‘waiting for her 28-year-old son’s hospital bed’ as he died from coronavirus – The Sun

A HEARTBROKEN mum claims a patient was waiting for her 28-year-old son's hospital bed as he died from coronavirus.

Jackie Harkins said the ill woman was put in Adam's bed straight after his death at University College Hospital in North London.

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And the devastated mum has revealed how hero NHS staff are "rushed off their feet" trying to deal with the outbreak of the deadly disease.

Jackie told the Camden New Journal: "She was on a trolley in the hallway just waiting there to go in.

"While I was visiting Adam two people flatlined. When the machine started going off you can see it. They all rush in and rush over.

"I feel like there is too much going on for them (NHS staff) to keep up with what they need to do."

The mum told how Adam – nicknamed Spud – had been rushed to hospital with pneumonia earlier this week after he called her saying he "couldn't breathe".

His GP's surgery had told him they could see him in a car park after he was unable to get through to 111 but his temperature rocketed to 39.9C and an ambulance was called.

When he got to hospital, the painter and decorator was put in an induced coma but tragically he did not make it.

Describing his final moments, Jackie said she told him "you need to fight".

And the mum is now calling for separate cubicles for patients as the beds in the hospital were all next to each other.

She also warned Brits that coronavirus "is not just an old person's disease" following her son's death.

Paying tribute, she added: "I’ve lost something very precious to me that can never be replaced. We are all just in shock because he was only a young man.

"People have got to start taking this seriously. A lot of people think it’s an old person’s disease – but look what has happened to Adam."


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Towie star Lauren Goodger also paid tribute to Adam, who was a friend's pal, this week.

Sharing a picture of the tragic victim, she wrote: "Rest in peace Spud.

"This virus is real, and it's spreading. Please stay at home people."

It comes as Britain's grim death toll rose by 181 to 759 in the biggest 24-hour jump so far.

Today, 168 deaths were recorded in England along with eight deaths in Scotland, six deaths in Wales and three deaths in Northern Ireland.

And 14,579 are infected with Covid-19 in Britain – an increase of 2,921 since yesterday.

Among the cases is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who confirmed he had tested positive for the killer virus today.

And Health Secretary Matt Hancock is also self-isolating after being struck down with coronavirus.

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