A Bridlington man whose mum fell seriously ill with coronavirus has explained the mystery of how she contracted the killer disease.

Jenny Stancliffe, 55, started developing symptoms on Monday, March 23 - the same day Boris Johnson announced the country would be going into lockdown to try to stop the spread of the virus.

Over the next three days, her terrified son Peter Hutchinson, 35, said he watched his mum drastically deteriorate over a series of video calls.

"Her breathing was absolutely terrible, she was hot and clammy and had a really bad cough," he said.

"She just deteriorated over a period of about three days, getting worse and worse and worse.

"Then it got to Thursday and I just said, 'Something is seriously not right, mum.'"

Jenny Stancliffe, who used to play darts for Yorkshire, with son Peter

Mrs Stancliffe was taken to hospital in Scarborough in the back of an ambulance and put in a holding ward for patients with suspected coronavirus.

After the test came back positive on Saturday, she was moved on to a different special purpose ward.

Mr Hutchinson said the time his mum was in hospital was "horrific", only made worse by being unable to speak to her, let alone go in and see her.

"I've been absolutely worried out of my mind all week, I've not slept, I was just sat watching the phone waiting for the hospital to ring," he said.

"I really thought we were going to lose her, I've never seen a person so lifeless. It was horrific."

Thankfully, her condition stabilised and she was discharged from hospital and allowed to return home on Wednesday.

But Mr Hutchinson said he and his sister, who works for the NHS, have told her to make sure she spends the next two weeks of isolation in bed.

"She's now talking a lot better, but her breathing is still not 100 percent," he said.

What was perhaps most worrying about Mrs Stancliffe's diagnosis was that she had made the decision not to leave her home long before the big decisions were made to shut down businesses and eventually put the country into lockdown.

Peter said his mum had not left home for three weeks before developing symptoms

After hearing that the virus was disproportionately affecting those with underlying health conditions, Mrs Stancliffe, who has asthma,  said she would not be going out.

Mr Hutchinson, who has been dropping his mum's shopping at her door with his daughter Ellie, said she had not been out to see anyone for around three weeks.

"It's an absolute mystery," he said.

"When Boris first said about those with underlying problems she said she wasn't going to go out because she was quite worried, so no one has been near her apart from delivering her shopping.

"We've had to video call just to let her see our faces. So we just don't know.

"Nobody is safe from this and this situation we've had as a family, not being able to visit or take things to her, I don't wish it on anybody."

That, he said, was why he has started a fundraising campaign to buy electronic tablets to enable families of other coronavirus patients to video call and see and speak to them while they are in hospital.

"In the worst case scenario it may be some families' last chance to contact loved ones because they can't be there," he said.

He said some of the money would also be set aside to give something back to the "unbelievable" staff on the ward who cared for his mum.

"They have been first class, I can't stress enough how good they've been on that ward," he said.

"I wanted to show my appreciation because they probably saved my mum's life.

"If she'd been left a couple more days, God knows what could have happened.

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"They're risking their lives to save others and that needs recognition. The staff are absolutely unbelievable and we're not even at the peak of this yet."

Anyone who wants to donate to Mr Hutchinson's gofundme page in support of the hospital can do so by clicking here.