A woman six-and-a-half months pregnant has filmed herself gasping for breath in a hospital bed after coronavirus left her fighting for her life and that of her unborn child.
Karen Mannering, 39, from Herne Bay in Kent, struggles to speak as she explains that she is suffering from COVID-19 and has pneumonia in both lungs.
It is thought she is being treated at Margate's QEQM Hospital, Kent Live reports.
Speaking to the camera, the poorly mum says: "Guys, I am 39 years old and I am 26 weeks pregnant nearly with my baby.
"I have just been told I have COVID-19, and I have been ill for two weeks. I have been in hospital now since Saturday and today is Wednesday.
"I have pneumonia in both lungs and I am fighting for me and my baby. It is not worth going out, you can get another time."
The mum-of-three reveals that the cruel virus also means she is separated from her family and has to suffer in isolation.
Fighting back tears, she says: "I have three kids at home and a husband that I can't see, I don't know where I have caught it from but I am very ill," she says.
Karen's place of work, Hot-Tees Tanning Beauty & Hair Salon in Sturry Road, Canterbury, has since informed its clients of the diagnosis.
In a statement, it said: "To all of our customers at Hot-Tees we regret to inform you that one of our members has tested positive for COVID-19.
"Please be safe and if you receive any of the symptoms please ring for medical advice."
Pregnant women have been identified as one of the “at risk” groups who may suffer complications if infected with coronavirus.
The government has advised pregnant women to attend all their antenatal appointments as normal but limit social contact.
This comes as Public Health England reports that the death toll from COVID-19 in the UK has reached 463.
A total of 91 people have been tested positive for coronavirus in Kent and Medway.
Meanwhile, a mum shared heartbreaking pictures of her newborn baby hooked up to oxygen in hospital while suffering from coronavirus
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