Superfit woman, 32, tells of excruciating pain from the coronavirus after she caught it in Verbier


A fit and healthy 32-year-old woman has told of the excruciating pain caused by the coronavirus after she caught it at a ski chalet in Switzerland.

Rosie Parkes from White City, west London, had been in the popular Verbier at the start of March when she contracted the killer bug and travelled back to the UK.

The jewellery firm boss had been lodging with 12 people and said all have come down ill, with one Swiss man testing positive for the disease.

Rosie Parkes, 32, from White City, west London, had been in the popular Verbier at the start of March when she contracted the killer bug and travelled back to the UK

Ms Parkes (left) had been lodging with 12 people and said all have come down ill, with one Swiss man testing positive for the disease

Ms Parkes (left) had been lodging with 12 people and said all have come down ill, with one Swiss man testing positive for the disease

It raises further questions over how easily Covid-19 has swept through ski resorts on the Continent after Sussex father Daren Bland – who is believed to be Britain’s patient zero – said a bar in Ischgl, Austria, was the ‘perfect home for the virus’.

Ms Parkes got back to the UK on Saturday, March 7, and went to work as normal on the Monday.

But on the Tuesday she woke up at 3am feeling sore in her back and hips and said something was hurting inside her.

She told the Telegraph: ‘It was unbearable, no position I could sit, lie or stand in helped and it made sleeping really difficult.

‘I had a temperature which went up and down over four days, spiking at 40C on the Thursday and I was bed-bound the whole time.

‘I never got the chest pain but had a bit of a cough – just a normal cold-type, phlegmy cough. I went off my food a bit as I improved because I lost my sense of taste.’

Ms Parkes (right) got back to the UK on Saturday, March 7, and went to work as normal on the Monday. But on the Tuesday she woke up at 3am feeling sore in her back and hips and said something was hurting inside her

Ms Parkes (right) got back to the UK on Saturday, March 7, and went to work as normal on the Monday. But on the Tuesday she woke up at 3am feeling sore in her back and hips and said something was hurting inside her

But on the Tuesday after her trip to Verbier (pictured) she woke up at 3am feeling sore in her back and hips and said something was hurting inside her

But on the Tuesday after her trip to Verbier (pictured) she woke up at 3am feeling sore in her back and hips and said something was hurting inside her

She said she is now recovering in isolation and that her husband has shown symptoms but seems fine.

It comes after a ‘fit and healthy’ banker from Wales died at his home while in self-isolation with coronavirus symptoms.

His illness began with a small tickle in his throat which he developed after going on a stag do on Saturday.

Mr Galley, 47, decided not to go into work on Monday and started to develop a fever, heartbroken Ms Cuthbert, 46, told North Wales Live.

She had been unable to see him because he decided to remain on his own, but Ms Cuthbert said messages from him grew less frequent.

Tim Galley, from Wrexham, who died in self-isolation after developing coronavirus symptoms, pictured with his partner Donna Cuthbert

Mr Galley's body had to be taken away from his Wrexham flat by paramedics in protective clothing on Tuesday

Tim Galley, from Wrexham, who died in self-isolation after developing coronavirus symptoms, pictured with his partner Donna Cuthbert

Mr Galley’s body had to be taken away from his Wrexham flat by paramedics in protective clothing on Tuesday.

Ms Cuthbert said: ‘Of course I was very worried about when he developed the fever, as I was worried about the coronavirus.

‘But as he wanted to protect me I couldn’t go and visit him,’ she said.

The mother from Old Colwyn, north Wales, added: ‘As he was getting steadily worse I asked him to phone for an ambulance but he kept on saying to me that he was fine, that he had no underlying health conditions and that they would be too busy dealing with other people.’

Ms Cuthbert, who runs a wedding business, added Mr Galley was 'adored by her children'

Ms Cuthbert, who runs a wedding business, added Mr Galley was ‘adored by her children’

The coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on the country – which is now on lockdown as more and more Britons are infected and, tragically, die with the virus.

Kayla Williams, 36, died of suspected Covid-19 at her apartment in Peckham.

Her life was cut short on Saturday, when paramedics came to her south London address.

Husband Fabian Willams told the Guardian his wife was suffering a cough, high fever and severe chest and stomach pains on Friday.

Documents say she was being treated as a suspected coronavirus case when she was told to stay at home.

Chloe Middleton, a 21-year-old woman with no pre-existing medical conditions, died from the coronavirus, her family has said.

Chloe Middleton (pictured above) is believed to be the youngest coronavirus victim in the UK - she is thought to have had no underlying health conditions

Tributes from across the UK poured in for the young woman who is thought to have attended Wycombe Grange, Chloe Middleton is pictured above

Chloe Middleton (pictured above) is believed to be the youngest coronavirus victim in the UK – she is thought to have had no underlying health conditions

She is thought to be the youngest victim in the UK to have no underlying medical conditions.

Her mother Diane Middleton posted a heartbreaking tribute to her daughter today on social media.

Writing on Facebook Mrs Middleton, who lives in Buckinghamshire said: ‘To all the people out there that thinks it’s just a virus please think again speaking from a personal experience this so called virus has taken the life of my 21 year old daughter.’

Just days ago it was announced that an 18-year-old man had also died from the virus.

Mr Galley, who worked at the M&S Bank, didn’t return any of Ms Cuthbert’s calls after that.

She added: ‘On Tuesday morning I was panicking as Tim didn’t return my calls. I asked his neighbour to check on him as they had a key. They found him in bed.

Military personnel arriving at the ExCel centre in east London today as the emergency hospital preparations get underway

Military personnel arriving at the ExCel centre in east London today as the emergency hospital preparations get underway

Pictured: An Army truck arrives at the ExCel London which is going be turned it to the Nightingale Hospital to help in the fight against Covid-19

Pictured: An Army truck arrives at the ExCel London which is going be turned it to the Nightingale Hospital to help in the fight against Covid-19

‘Paramedics in protective clothing came, and I just can’t bare the thought he was all alone.’

Ms Cuthbert, who runs a wedding business, added Mr Galley was ‘adored by her children. He just had such a massive heart and we had such a wonderful life together.

‘We were supposed to be attending my daughter Danielle’s wedding but that has also been cancelled because of the coronavirus.

‘We went on so many holidays and had so many things planned. He was my future. Tim gave me so much love happiness and amazing times.

‘He was so very special to my daughter Danni, and my other children and was ”pops” to Olivia and Ariyah and won’t get to meet Ryan and Maxine’s baby.’

Ms Cuthbert said she hoped people would take coronavirus advice from the government and health professionals seriously.

She said: ‘Please, please will you all take the advice and stay indoors and follow the rules this virus is serious and taking our loved ones.

‘I just want everyone to stay safe and stay home. Tim took all the precautions but still this virus got him, my heart is shattered into tiny pieces.’

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