Wife of man fighting for life with coronavirus in powerful plea to Covid-deniers

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The wife of man fighting for his life with coronavirus has issued a powerful message to those who deny the deadly disease exisits.

Jayne Johns knows all too well the suffering that coronavirus can wreak on its victims.

Her husband Craig, 64, is battling the virus in a coma in intensive care, Wales Online reports.

After dropping off clean clothes for him at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend she read stories about people who think that the virus is made up.

Jayne said: "I was just sat in the car being reflective. My mum was in palliative care at the Princess of Wales a couple of years ago and she passed away.

"I was sitting there thinking 'Craig's in there and I can't go and see him'. I was flicking through my phone and there were protesters outside a hospital saying ' coronavirus doesn't exist' or 'don't wear a mask' and I just thought I'd do a video to get it off my mind."

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Jayne Johns is calling on those who deny coronavirus exists to hear her story
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In that moment, she decided to give people the reality and try to shut down the fake news being circulated on the internet and at protests.

She recorded a video in the car park, and uploaded it to Facebook after consulting her family.

Addressing the camera she said "a little message for anybody who doesn't believe that Covid exists or how bad it is".

Jayne added: "Craig's doing OK, and he's going to be OK and he's going to come home but for now he's not feeling very well at all, so please don't listen to all the hype just keep yourself safe, keep your loved ones safe.

Jayne Johns and her husband Craig who is fighting for his life with coronavirus
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"Look after yourself, stay safe, keep your kids home, keep yourself in.

"Don’t go out and do what you can and soon enough, as we start 2021, hopefully with the vaccine and people taking better care, it won’t be long before we can all hug each other and go out and do all the things that we're missing doing but let’s miss those things for now, instead of missing people forever. Take care."

Jayne and Craig both tested positive for coronavirus even though they had been "very careful".

Jayne only suffered mild symptoms such as fatigue and loss of taste and smell, but Craig, who suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, was taken to A&E on Boxing Day and was later admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Jayne has not had contact with him since January 4.

She said: "He was moved from A&E to the high dependency ward and then to ICU. He was sending texts at first but they started tailing off and he asked me to let the family know 'I don't have the energy to answer texts can you tell everybody'.

Jayne has made an emotional plea from the car park of Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend
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"The phone rang on Monday and it was the nurse on the ward who said 'Craig's struggling, we're going to take him down to ICU but he wants to speak to you first'.

"I asked them whether they would be putting him in a coma and they said 'very probably'.

"On the Facetime the screen froze and I was desperately trying to get the picture back in the car park at work.

"Thankfully, the nurse called me back on the phone and Craig said 'they keep putting all these masks on me, I can't bear it now'.

"He was struggling to breathe but I said 'you fight, you have a little sleep and you come back to me and that was it, he was gone."

Jayne says she is not usually one to speak out.

"I was told 'you'll have people coming at you' but I said 'I can't care about that, if one person listens and realises that Covid is very real then it's worth it'."

The "vast majority" of comments Jayne has seen on Facebook since uploading the video had been supportive, she said, but she spotted one comment accusing her of being an actor and suggesting the video was fake.

"It’s not me venting my spleen, I'm just asking people to think about what they really believe. It’s not a conspiracy just stay a bit safer.

She hopes to have her 'amazing husband' home before long
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"It's horrible. I was lucky, but there are lots of Craigs out there."

Since Jayne is "very proud" of her Welsh roots, and Craig "fell in love" with Wales, the couple moved there to retire in October 2020.

She hopes to have her "amazing husband" home before long, and until then she has been keeping a journal of "messages of support and love" for him to read when he gets home.

"It will feel to him like he just went to sleep, I just want to put little notes down for him to read when he wakes up," she added.

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