Katie Price was seen being comforted by a friend after visiting her son Harvey in hospital on Monday after it was reported doctors are testing him for coronavirus.
The star’s eldest child, 18, was rushed to intensive care on Sunday night after suffering from chest pains and a high temperature.
An insider told The Sun: Harvey is fighting for his life in hospital and doctors fear he could have caught coronavirus after he presented symptoms of the deadly disease.
Hard time: Katie Price was comforted by a friend after visiting her son Harvey, 18, in hospital on Monday after he was rushed to intensive care on Sunday night
‘Harvey has been tested for the virus after he was having trouble breathing. Katie’s seriously worried about him because his heath complications would mean that catching coronavirus would be very serious.
‘Doctors are waiting for the results and should have them by Tuesday.’
The teen is being watched around the clock after reportedly showing symptoms of the killer bug, with Katie, 42, seen stopping by with the support of a female pal.
The glamour model was embraced by her companion after breaking down in tears outside the hospital entrance, as doctors warned the next 48 hours are ‘critical’.
The mother-of-five’s friend gave her a warm hug, with both wearing surgical masks in accordance with government guidelines relating to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Worrying: The teen is being watched around-the-clock by medics after suffering from a high temperature and chest pains
Katie dressed causally in a cropped pink hoodie, jeans and fluffy slippers, hiding her eyes behind mirrored shades as she made her way inside.
A representative for Katie and her eldest son told MailOnline on Monday morning that ‘the next 48 hours are critical’ for Harvey after he was rushed to hospital on Sunday night.
They had previously said: ‘This is most likely linked to the bug he had when he was rushed into hospital last week. It is not COVID-19, it is an unknown bug.
Visit: Katie dressed causally in a cropped pink hoodie, jeans and fluffy slippers, hiding her eyes behind mirrored shades as she made her way inside
‘He has had chest pains and a temperature. An extremely high temp. It was 42. You could cook an egg on him. It spiked quickly and he’s had major problems breathing.
‘The next 48 hours are critical. Harvey just really needs to do well over the next couple of days. He is having loads of tests today and being watched around-the-clock.
‘Katie is doing her best – it’s horrible – having a child with so many complex conditions is so tough.’
On Sunday it was reported that mother-of-five Katie was ‘fearing the worst’, due to Harvey’s numerous health complications meaning he was at risk of organ failure.
Comfort: Katie was comforted by her female friend after breaking down in tears outside the hospital entrance
Support: Both Katie and her friend wore surgical masks in accordance with government guidelines
Staying close by: A representative for Katie, 42, and her eldest son, 18, told MailOnline on Monday morning that ‘the next 48 hours are critical’ for Harvey
The former glamour model later took to Instagram to express her gratitude towards healthcare professionals, but is said to be ‘falling apart’ as doctors warned Harvey was in a ‘perilous condition’.
A source told The Sun: ‘Katie has been preparing herself for this moment all his life and she’s been told Harvey is in a perilous condition. She’s been here before, but this time it’s far more serious.
‘She’s trying to be tough and strong, but inside she’s falling apart and feels helpless. Doctors need to get his temperature down. He’s in a really bad way.’
Harvey is believed to be seeking medical attention at Epsom Hospital in Surrey, and his ‘devastated’ mother was not permitted to stay overnight due to new visiting restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Hug: Katie received a warm hug from her friend after her morning visit to Harvey
Ill: A spokesperson for Harvey had previously told MailOnline: ‘This is most likely linked to the bug he had when he was rushed into hospital last week. It is not COVID-19, it is an unknown bug’ but now doctors are thought to be testing for COVID: 19
Emotional: ‘Katie is doing her best – it’s horrible – having a child with so many complex conditions is so tough,’ her representative said on Monday
A spokesperson for Katie had told the publication his condition is ‘very dangerous’.
The reality star wrote on Instagram alongside a sweet image of herself with Harvey: ‘I can confirm Harvey is in intensive care and in the best hands.
‘[I’d] would like to thank the ambulance services and the hospital staff for the quick response and making him stable . X.’ (sic)
Harvey has the rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, is partially blind due to Septo-optic dysplasia, autistic, diabetic and has an underactive thyroid.
Day by day: Harvey was undergoing a series of tests on Monday to firm up a diagnosis
Doting mum: Katie is receiving support from her friends as well as ex husbands Peter Andre and Kieran Hayler
Katie called an ambulance for her eldest child when she noticed he was feeling unwell before he was sent to a specialist paediatric ward.
According to the NHS, a high temperature is usually considered to be 38 degrees or above.
Addison’s disease, also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism, is a rare disorder of the adrenal gland in which it does not produce enough cortisol or aldosterone.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Katie for further comment.
Last month, Harvey was seen being treated by paramedics at his mother’s rented Surrey mansion while sister Princess was celebrating her 13th birthday party.
A rep said: ‘The next 48 hours are critical. Harvey just really needs to do well over the next couple of days. He is having loads of tests today and being watched around-the-clock’
Terror: The former glamour model, 42, later took to Instagram to express her gratitude towards healthcare professionals, but is said to be ‘falling apart’
He left his mother ‘deeply concerned’ when he had contracted ‘a common bug’, and was discharged from hospital a few days after his admission.
A representative for Katie told MailOnline at the time: ‘He has complex medical requirements that require close monitoring and from time to time an alert flags up.
‘Katie was deeply concerned. Harvey had a temperature and presented chest pains – thankfully on this occasion his symptoms are that of picking up a common bug.
‘But Katie did fear the worst – yesterday was a highly emotional day with Princess’ birthday and then the sudden decline of Harvey’s health.’
The spokesperson went on to explain that the reality star would be enforcing lifestyle changes for her son, going forward.
Challenging: Harvey has the rare genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome, among other health complications (pictured last month)
WHAT IS PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME?
Prader-Willi syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes problems including constant urges to eat food, restricted growth and reduced muscle tone.
Other potential issues include learning difficulties, lack of sexual development and behavioral problems such as tantrums or stubbornness.
The rare condition, which affects one in every 15,000 children born in England, is caused by a defect on chromosome number 15 – and happens by chance.
Because there is no cure, treatment aims to manage the symptoms – with parents of sufferers urged to get their children to stick to a healthy, balanced diet.
Children with the syndrome can eat up to six times more than children of the same age – and still feel hungry.
It was first described in 1956 by Swiss doctors A Prader, A Labhart and H Willi.
They said: ‘Katie is about to embark on a new regime with Harvey in a hope that she can reduce his weight.
‘Harvey’s meds leave him with an insatiable appetite – Katie is constantly battling! But now, with the help of a specialist, Katie hopes to be able to help maintain Harvey’s weight for the immediate future.
The current global health crisis has also left the mother-of-five terrified over the past months about both her son and her mother Amy, who has cancer.
‘Katie has been living in fear that COVID-19 could strike both Harvey and indeed her own mother at any time,’ the insider went on.
‘Both have to maintain precautions despite the government lifting lockdown regulations.
Issues: Harvey’s initial health scare is the second to affect the family last month, as Peter Andre’s wife Emily recently revealed she tested positive for coronavirus (pictured in 2019)
‘Lockdown has been a challenge – Harvey hasn’t been able to go out freely. And so going out is a military precision operation.’
‘Harvey was upset to leave Princess on her birthday, returning home last night to lots of hugs and cuddles.
‘Harvey will be making a full recovery. There’s never a dull moment in the Pricey household.’
His initial health scare was the second to affect the family in recent weeks, after NHS medic Emily Andre revealed she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in her weekly column for OK! magazine.
Estranged: Katie shares Harvey with ex Dwight Yorke, who she split from by the time she gave birth (pictured in 2001)
WHAT CAUSES BODY TEMPERATURE TO SPIKE?
Fevers – when the body’s internal temperature stays above 37.8C (100F) – are normally harmless and fade within days.
But if body temperature persists above 42C (108F) it can cause lasting brain damage, paediatricians warn.
However, it’s ‘very rare for the body temperature to climb this high’, according to medics at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Fevers are most commonly caused by coughs and colds but can also be triggered by kidney infections, tonsillitis and heat stroke.
Body temperature regulation is ‘a challenge’ for Prader-Willi syndrome sufferers, such as Harvey Price, one charity says.
The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA) says patients with the genetic condition ‘have difficulty maintaining the proper body’.
The condition – thought to affect one in every 15,000 children born in England – impacts the functioning of the hypothalamus.
The hypothalamus acts as the body’s thermostat and controls internal temperature, according to Harvard Medical School experts.
Raising the body’s internal temperature is the body’s nature defence mechanism against infections because pathogens struggle to survive in warmer areas.
Drinking plenty of water and taking paracetamol can help to fight a fever. But taking a cold bath or shower can have the opposite effect.
Due to Harvey’s complex needs, he lives in residential care, but has been home with Katie during lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis.
The former I’m A Celebrity star made the heartbreaking decision to send to a facility last year.
Harvey was born with septo-optic dysplasia, a condition that means the development of his optic nerve was unpredictable.
Katie also later discovered he is on the autistic spectrum, gains weight easily because he suffers from Prader–Willi syndrome, and finds mobility difficult.
The media personality has Harvey from a relationship with his estranged father Dwight Yorke, 48, Junior, 15, and Princess, 13, with singer Peter Andre, 47, and Jett, six, and Bunny, five, with ex-stripper Kieran Hayler, 33.