AN NHS nurse is living separately to her asthmatic 10-year-old son to protect him from coronavirus.
Myka Alex, 31, said she feels like her heart has been 'ripped out' after sending Kade to live with his grandparents in the countryside.
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She fears she could pass the deadly illness onto him as a result of her job as a practice nurse at a GP surgery.
The mum-of-two, who also works as a nurse in a care home, took the heartbreaking decision to take Kade away on Mother's Day after realising she couldn't promise him her job wouldn't put his life at risk.
The youngster, who was diagnosed with asthma when he was three, is now staying with Myka's dad, 61, and mum, 56, in Devon.
'MY HEART HAS BEEN RIPPED OUT'
She and partner Simon, 33, are at home with their one-year-old daughter.
Myka said: "My son's asthma isn't the best controlled.
"He's been hospitalised four times because of it and stayed in hospital for three days at a time.
"He recently started a new medication and now coughs constantly, even in his sleep.
"A couple of days before the schools closed down, he burst into tears and said, 'I'm going to die'.
"I told him, 'Don't be silly. Coronavirus doesn't harm young people'.
"But every day there are more cases, and young people die."
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Myka then realised she couldn't promise Kade he would be safe if he caught the illness, and decided he should stay with her parents.
"When I dropped him there with all his stuff like a little evacuee, I had to leave him crying," she said.
"I felt absolutely like my heart had been ripped out and I wished I hadn't chosen to work in a job where I had to do this."
Myka is staying in touch with Kade through video calls during the lockdown.
Her mum is an ex-teacher, and Kade is being home-schooled during his stay.
While she isn't in direct contact with patients who have tested positive for coronavirus, she says she can't guarantee she isn't seeing people who have the virus, but aren't showing symptoms.
She said: "My job is a way of life – it's not something I can just hang up.
"I felt like I was choosing my job over my son, but I know that my son is safe where he is."
She says she can't wait to get her son when the lockdown is over.
"It's going to get worse before it gets better – but it will get better," she said.
This week, 13-year-old boy became the UK's youngest coronavirus victim after dying from the disease at King's College Hospital in London on Monday.
Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, from Brixton, South West London, had no underlying health conditions.
Tragically, his mum and six siblings were not able to be by his side in his final moments because of the contagiousness of the killer virus.
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