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I’ll never know why 2-day-old son had coronavirus

Survivor: Roxanne with Presley PICTURE: SWNS

A BABY boy has become one of Britain’s youngest Covid-19 survivors after testing positive at two days old.

Presley Dowdall, born weighing a healthy 6lb 7oz, was immediately rushed to a newborn intensive care unit because he could not breathe.

His mother Roxanne Dowdall said she and her husband Sam, 30, were ‘shocked’ to hear two days later that he had tested positive for coronavirus — especially as they tested negative.

The 27-year-old, from Basildon, Essex, said: ‘I couldn’t believe what I was hearing… I felt angry and guilty that I couldn’t protect my son.’

Ms Dowdall said she was unable to see Presley for five hours after his birth and could not hold him until she took him home from Basildon Hospital four days later.

She said: ‘I went in to the ICU and he was still all intubated — it was like he had the plague.’

Now 12 weeks old, Presley is ‘content’ and healthy, having tested negative for Covid-19 after a fortnight’s quarantine.

But mother-of-two Ms Dowdall remains perplexed.

‘As parents, Sam and I just had to put the situation of Presley having coronavirus to the back of our minds,’ she said. ‘We will never get a straight answer as to how or why he caught Covid-19, and it’s just an unanswered question that we will have to live with.’