Coronavirus is akin to playing the wheel of fortune. Some are lucky, and escape unscathed. Others fall prey to its deadly consequences.
The Thomas family are a close unit, who’ve been living in the same household during the coronavirus pandemic.
There’s businessman Rob Thomas, 59, and his wife Viv, 61.
Then there’s their grown-up children, son Daniel, 35, and daughter Selina, 32.
They’re both in the family business together – running property company Thomas and Thomas.
And then there’s the youngest, Blake, 27, and his girlfriend Hannah, 29, who has been staying with the Thomas household.
The family had noticed that Rob hadn’t been himself for nearly two weeks; Rob had felt that something was off too.
On March 30, Rob had “an episode” similar to a mini-fit.
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He started to shiver uncontrollably and struggled to breathe.
“It was really bizarre. There was no cough, no sore throat, nothing like that. I was just out of it,” said Rob.
Alarmed, the family dialled 999. His temperature had reached 44 degrees Celsius.
He was tested for COVID-19 and the results came back positive.
Placed in the intensive care unit for eight days, Rob was finally discharged from hospital a further 10 days later.
Anxious about Rob’s health, and for their own, Viv admits to “living day to day”.
“I had what felt like a really bad cold with a little bit of a cough but no temperature.
“It wasn’t a continuous cough and only lasted a few days,” said Viv.