A fit and healthy mother who struggled to breathe after being infected coronavirus has given fellow British a sharp warning not to “take a risk.”
39-year-old Tara Jane Langston filmed herself with her phone in the intensive care unit at Hillingdon Hospital in the west London others beg to take the deadly COVID-19 seriously.
She was rushed to hospital last Friday and tested positive for the virus on Sunday.
She gasped and coughed, made the harrowing video the next day and sent it as a Whatsapp message to her colleagues warning them to be careful.
39-year-old Tara Jane Langston filmed herself with her phone in the intensive care unit at Hillingdon Hospital in West London, begging others to take deadly COVID-19 seriously
The shocking video, which has gone viral on social media, seems to show that it’s not just the elderly or those with underlying health issues who are at risk.
The mother of two is now recovering from her ordeal after contracting the virus, which infected 2,695 people and killed 137 in Britain alone.
Ms. Langston says to the camera, “I am in intensive care and I cannot breathe without it. They had to sew that into my vein. I have a cannula, another cannula and a catheter. I’m actually ten times better than what I was before. I have lost count of the days.
“If anyone else smokes, put down the cigarettes because I’m telling you now you need your damn lungs and please don’t take any of your risks, I mean it, because if it gets really bad then you” end up here .
“My body is fighting this, so don’t take any chances again.”
Ms. Langston, of northwest London, who is no longer in intensive care, was initially seen by doctors almost 11 days ago when she was feeling unwell after a trip to Krakow, Poland with husband Richard and their two daughters.
She took a taxi to Hillingdon Hospital, where she was diagnosed with breast cancer and given antibiotics.
Pictured: Mother of two Mrs. Langston before she tested positive for the coronavirus last week
She was rushed to the hospital last Friday and was tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday
However, her health had deteriorated in the past week and she was taken back to the hospital by ambulance, where pneumonia was diagnosed this time.
Ms. Langston was then tested for the coronavirus and the results came back positive on Sunday, bringing her to intensive care urgently.
Her husband Richard, 34, told MailOnline: “She first complained about her feeling unwell two Sundays ago.
“She said she had stabbing pain in her back and lungs that made it difficult for her to breathe. We called the hospital, which put a taxi in front of her and she was treated and diagnosed with a chest infection and given some antibiotics.
“She hadn’t been wiped clean at the time because we hadn’t been in a high-risk country or come into contact with someone who had the virus.
But in the past week she didn’t get any better, in fact, if she worsened slightly and trembled and shivered despite taking acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.
“It got really bad on Friday and we were clearly worried that it could be the coronavirus, the so-called ambulance. Tara was brought back to Hillingdon and this time the doctors thought she had pneumonia, but they also tested her for coronavirus.
The treatment she received for pneumonia didn’t seem to work over the weekend, and on Sunday, her coronavirus test results came back positive.
“She was rushed to intensive care and at one point we thought she might need to be sedated and put on a ventilator, but luckily she was strong enough not to let that happen.
“But she was still very poor. She wanted to make clear to others that not only the elderly are at risk for this virus, so she made that video.
Originally it was only sent to her colleagues, but it has now gone viral on Twitter and Facebook.
Tara goes to the gym all the time and has no underlying health issues. She made it a point to speak to people who smoke because she knows how much you need your lungs when you get this virus.
“She struggled as a non-smoker and is healthy, so she wanted to indicate how much worse it would be for a smoker.
“We don’t know how she contracted coronavirus. We returned from a trip to Krakow in Poland on February 26 and went to Auschwitz where people were from all over the world.
“But she could have got it by going to the gym. She is now in intensive care and is making good progress. We just want her back home. ‘