Gym-goer, 39, struggles to breathe in hospital bed in coronavirus warning

A healthy, gym-going woman has issued a terrifying warning about the deadly coronavirus bug from her hospital bed.

Tara Jane Langston, 39, was admitted into the intensive care unit at Hillingdon Hospital in west London last Friday and tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

The mother-of-two made the terrifying clip to share with her work colleagues and in it she describes the horrifying experience she is going through after being treated for pneumonia.

She said: "I'm in the intensive care unit and I can't breathe without this [points at ventilator tubes].

"They've had to sew that into my artery [points at catheter].

"I've got a cannula, another cannula and a catheter. I'm actually ten times better than what I was before. I've lost count of the days.

"If anyone still smokes, put the cigarettes down because I'm telling you now you need your f***ing lungs and, please, none of you take any chances, I mean it, because if it gets really bad than you're going to end up here.

"My body is fighting this so once again don't take any chances."

As Tara speaks, she displays a number of the symptoms for coronavirus as she can be seen coughing, gasping for breath and struggling to speak due to the lack of oxygen.

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She first begun feeling unwell 11 days ago after a holiday to Krakow, Poland, with her husband and two daughters.

She was first diagnosed with a chest infection and given antibiotics but rushed to hospital after her health deteriorated last week.

Husband, 34-year-old Richard, said her first symptoms were stabbing pains in her back and lungs, which made it difficult to breathe.

Days later, she started to shiver and shake despite taking paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Tara wasn't swabbed the first time they went to hospital as they hadn't returned from a high-risk country.

Richard told the MailOnline : "She was rushed straight into intensive care and at one point we thought she might have to be sedated and go on a ventilator but fortunately she was strong enough for that not to happen.

"But she was still very poorly. She wanted to make it clear for others that it isn't just the elderly who are at risk from this virus which is why she made that video."

He added that Tara frequently goes to the gym and has no underlying health conditions. He is unsure if she picked up the iillness while on holiday or from a public space like the gym.

As of 9am on 19 March 2020, 64,581 people have been tested in the UK, of which 61,352 were confirmed negative and 3,229 were confirmed positive. 144 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.

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