Mum, 66, is found dead in her bed just days after catching coronavirus

Mother, 66, is found dead in her bed just days after catching coronavirus – as her son, 23, is now fighting for life in hospital with killer bug

  • Linda Tuppen was found dead in her bed by her eldest son Rob, 28, on Saturday
  • 66-year-old mother-of-two passed away less than week after getting symptoms
  • Her son Rob called 111 but she didn’t speak to them saying she wanted to sleep 
  • But when he went to check on her in the morning she was unresponsive
  • Linda’s youngest son James admitted to hospital with coronavirus on Sunday

A much-loved mother has died in her sleep at home after developing coronavirus symptoms – and today her youngest son is fighting for his life in hospital after being exposed. 

Linda Tuppen, from Greater Manchester, was found dead in her bed by her eldest son Rob, 28, last Saturday – five days after she began to feel unwell.

The 66-year-old had been caring for her son Rob, who contracted coronavirus after returning from Krakow earlier in the month, before falling ill herself.

Linda’s youngest son James, 23, was admitted to hospital with coronavirus on Sunday, where he remains. 

Linda Tuppen, from Greater Manchester, was found dead in her bed by one of her children last Saturday – five days after she began to feel unwell. Her son James 23, (pictured together), is now in hospital fighting coronavirus too

Linda began complaining of a chest infection on Monday, March 23 and her symptoms escalated to pain in her sinuses and she stayed in bed all day the following Thursday and Friday.

Her son, software engineer Rob, of Bolton, pictured together, found his mother dead in bed

Her son, software engineer Rob, of Bolton, was so concerned for his mother he called 111.

But Linda, a much-loved former teacher and nursery nurse, refused to speak to them and said she just wanted to sleep. Tragically, he went to check on her the next morning and found that she had passed away.

Rob, 28, said: ‘I was in a panic, she was just lay there, and I shouted ‘mum, mum,’ but she didn’t answer.

‘I was doing chest compressions until the ambulance came. I was still in the room when he came over and said she was gone.

‘It’s devastating, we lost our father in 2008, so we’re pretty much on our own now.

‘She was a kind, loving lady who adored me and James and would have done anything for us.

‘She always used to say that we are were her lives. She would do anything for anyone.’ 

Rob revealed his mother had suffered with asthma before she passed away.

He said: ‘This is serious. This is not a joke, this could happen to anyone.

‘They were fine when I came back, but then I got ill, and they’ve picked it up off me because my mum was looking after me while I was ill.

‘She was putting a cloth over her mouth but it obviously didn’t work.’

Linda Tuppen, 66, of Astley Bridge, Manchester, tragically passed away just days after complaining of coronavirus symptom. She died in her sleep

At its peak, Rob described feeling so exhausted by coronavirus he would almost black out walking from his bed to his door.

He said: ‘Your temperature is sky high, so you’re constantly freezing cold and shivering, then other times you’re basically roasting hot and you have to take your coat off.

‘You have a really high fever and I was constantly freezing cold in bed or roasting to the point where I just had to take all my clothes off because I was that hot.

‘The cough is really bad, when you’re coughing you feel like you can’t stop.

‘Your body aches and even the smallest of tasks, like going to the toilet, is one of the hardest things you can do.

‘It got to the point where I was really dehydrated and I couldn’t eat for a week.

‘And because I wasn’t eating, when I stood up I felt like I was going to pass out.

‘I would have to run from the toilet to my room, which is about five steps, because I felt like I was going to black out.’

A fundraising page has been set up to help Rob and James through this devastating time. You can donate HERE 

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