Born three months premature, Evelyn’s son Emmanuel fought off COVID-19, becoming King’s youngest survivor. Here she tells us their story. Please donate now to be there for more families like theirs.
“We’d already been through so much with Emmanuel in the two months since he was born. He’d only been home a week when he became sick and we had to go back into King’s.
When the doctor said: ‘Mum, in the next three to four hours we might lose him’, I just broke down. I couldn’t believe this was happening to us.
Emmanuel tested positive for COVID-19. He had a 20 percent chance of survival. I couldn’t take that. I needed to hear that my son was going to be fine.”
An agonising wait
“His diagnosis meant we had to leave him and self-isolate at home for 14 days. It was unbearable knowing that I couldn’t be with him, but the King’s team said, ‘You can call us as many times as you like, at any time of the day or night, and we’ll tell you how he is doing’.
“During those 14 days, the team cared for Emmanuel as if he were their own. He made a massive improvement. They were able to take him off his ventilator and gradually reduce all his medications.
“When we got the 'all clear’ from his second COVID-19 test, we were screaming for joy on the phone. We were very, very happy. I knew then that Emmanuel was going to be ok.”
Finally coming home
“I’ll never forget the care we received at King’s. It’s the love and support that makes King’s a very special hospital. The family rooms and other charity-funded facilities there helped me get through the terrible times when Emmanuel was at his worst.
“I just hope that people will keep supporting King’s College Hospital Charity – because its work is so important. It helps the hospital to save lives like Emmanuel’s. With their support, King’s staff will be able to help more families like mine.”
- Evelyn Boateng