A mum was terrified her 15 year-old son would die from coronavirus after he became seriously ill with the disease - and is now urging parents to get their children vaccinated.

Anthony Kenyon, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was rushed to the local hospital after his lips turned blue on October 9.

His condition continued to deteriorate over the next few days and doctors were on the brink of sending him to intensive care at one point.

Mum Teresa had planned on getting him vaccinated but unfortunately he caught the potentially deadly disease before she could arrange for the jab.

Now she's calling on the Government to reintroduce the 'bubble' system at schools and to vaccinate children. to avoid others parents going through the same ordeal.

She believes Anthony, who suffers from autism, caught the disease at his special needs unit as other pupils and teachers were off sick with Covid.

The 54-year-old told The Mirror: "I really thought I was going to lose him.

The 15-year-old started to recover after doctors gave him therapeutics (

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Teresa Kenyon)

"They phoned me at 5am on Wednesday morning when I was at home and said they were trying to get him transferred to intensive care.

"The intensive care doctor said they might have to put him to sleep to get him breathing. I went into the hospital and was there from 5am to midnight.

"He was so grey-looking, it was horrendous. They had put him on his side and he had an oxygen mask on.

"He had heart monitors on his chest and wires were all over him. It was quite traumatic.

"It felt so surreal as if it was a nightmare or a horror film. It's a mother's worst nightmare."

Teresa said her son had been telling her 'mum I want to go home, I don't like this' before his health deteriorated.

Anthony's mum said his hospital ordeal was a 'mother's worst nightmare' (

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Teresa Kenyon)

However, his health started to improve overnight and was sitting up in bed and able to communicate again on Thursday.

His mum told The Mirror: "I was so relieved. He had different medication going in and was on high flow oxygen.

"It was like that for 24 hours, they were pumping him all this stuff into him and he seemed to start coming round."

The youngster was on a drip and received antibiotics, remdesivir, dexamethasone and dalteparin.

Teresa said: "He improved every day from Thursday on. They started weaning him off the oxygen and then got him walking about.

"He had to go through breathing exercises and by the Monday he had been off the oxygen for 24 hours and said I could take him home."

Teresa thinks the 'bubble' system should be reintroduced at schools and kids should be vaccinated (

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Teresa Kenyon)

Even though Anthony has left Barnsley Hospital, he is still battling the effects of his illness and now becomes exhausted by basic activities, such as taking a shower.

His mum is also unsure of how much damage the virus has inflicted on his lungs.

"The doctor told me that when someone has had an infection as bad as he has, it can take weeks or even months for them to fully recover," Teresa added.

She is now calling on Boris Johnson to reintroduce the 'bubble' system at schools to protect other students from catching the disease.

"I don't think schools are safe at the moment. I'm worried that he's going to get it again after he goes back," Teresa said.

"It seems Covid spread through my son's age group rapidly. Kids and teachers were off at the same time he fell ill. If a close contact tests positive the rest should isolate.

"The Government is saying kids only suffer slight symptoms but that's not true, my son was critically ill - that's what they said in hospital.

"They make it out like it isn't dangerous for kids."

Teresa initially though Anthony was suffering from a cold when he fell ill as he had a runny nose and a sore throat, which are not official symptoms of coronavirus.

However a lateral flow test and then a PCR test came back positive.

His condition deteriorated overnight as he started vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea.

Teresa had been monitoring her son's vitals with an oximeter and noticed that his oxygen levels had dropped below normal.

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She rang 111 and eventually spoke to a doctor who recommended she call an ambulance after she told him that Anthony's lips were blue.

The former mental health nurse said she then rang 999 and an ambulance was dispatched to her home.

She found out in hospital that her son was battling Covid pneumonia and an x-ray revealed he had extensive bilateral inflammatory pulmonary infiltrates.

The mum now wants to make sure other youngsters do not suffer the same ordeal as Anthony and she is calling for a vaccine roll-out among children.

"My son hasn't been vaccinated. I think they should vaccinate children, they should have done it a long time ago," she said.

"As soon as kids go back to school after the summer break any bug that's spreading they will all get it."

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