Emmanuel Boateng is now believed to be Britain’s youngest survivor of Covid-19 after coming home from hospital recently.
The tot, who was born premature on January 30, was given a drug more often used on ebola patients during his 37-day battle with the virus. He was on a ventilator at King’s College Hospital in central London for most of that period.
“In that first 24 hours, I was told to prepare for the worst three times. I was on my own in the hospital crying and just praying to God that my little boy was going to OK,” Emmanuel’s mum Evelyn, 31, told Mail On Sunday.
Doctors had to apply for little Emmanuel to be given the anti-viral drug Remdesivir, as at that stage the drug was still in a trial phase, but only for adults.
Emmanuel was given the right to receive Remdesivir on compassionate grounds.
Senior intensive care consultant Dr Pam D’Silva said: “He was so ill, we were not sure he would survive the first few hours.
“There was no time to spare.”
Speaking at her home she shares with Emmanuel, husband Maphitus, 39, and their four-year-old son Morris, Evelyn added: “There was an enormous sense of relief that this was a happy story among all the deaths at King’s.”
The care home worker, of Peckham, continued: “Emmanuel surviving was like a breath of fresh air.
“It’s something I will never forget.”
Coronavirus has now killed more than 41,600 people in the UK. Overall, a total of 6,772,602 tests have been carried out and 295,889 cases have been confirmed positive.