The children of Ayesha Hussain have been left with the heartbreaking dilemma of whether to let their mum pass away or keep her alive after a horror ordeal with Covid-19.
The mum-of-four caught the coronavirus last year, which has left her paralysed from the eyes down with doctors doubtful she'll ever be able to talk, breathe or move on her own again, reports Cambridgeshire Live.
The family's nightmare began at Christmas when Ayesha developed a cough, lost her sense of taste and smell, and had trouble breathing.
By December 29 she was rushed to hospital and, two days later, put on a ventilator.
A week later Ayesha's temperature shot up to 42C before she fell into a coma.
Stumped by her condition, doctors consulted a neurologist who found that Covid-19 had affected Ayesha's brain stem, which is connected to the spinal cord, making it impossible to move, talk or listen.
Now as she enters her fourth month in hospital, staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge have issued a devastating ultimatum to Ayesha's family.
"The doctors said you need to consider the possibility of ending her life," Ayesha's daughter Mina, 30, revealed.
"They asked if she has a cardiac arrest again do you want us to resuscitate her and we said yes.
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"They were saying the quality of life wouldn't be good but we can give a good quality for her.
As Ayesha, from Cambridge, approaches her 56th birthday, Mina said the family will never give up on her.
"We just want our mum back. Doctors say she's going to be disabled but we don't care what state she's in," she said.
The 30-year-old added Ayesha will be given the best care at home if she leaves hospital.
Heartbreakingly, another blow struck the family as thieves broke into Ayesha's home as she lay in hospital and stole her car and jewellery – though thankfully much of it was found.
"It was more pain I didn't need," Mina said.
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