Coventry mother speaks out as 27-year-old daughter is in ICU with COVID-19

COVENTRY, R.I. (WLNE)- A mother in Coventry is speaking out about her 27-year-old daughter who is fighting for her life in the ICU, hoping to spread awareness to those not taking precautions seriously.

“I got to Facetime with her before they put the tube in,” Jenifer Cross said while holding back tears. “I had to explain to her what they were going to do and we both said I love you and everything because I have to face reality.”

Her daughter, Nicole Sheldon, tested positive after finding out her roommate contracted the virus two weeks ago.

The 27-year-old is at high risk because she has type 1 diabetes.

“At first she said it was just cold-like symptoms,” Cross said.

A few days later, Sheldon’s symptoms escalated. She went to Kent Hospital because she was having trouble breathing but was sent home.

“Then Saturday she called me and said I feel like I got hit by a truck,” Cross said. “She said I don’t know what’s going on, I’m doing everything doctors told me to do.”

On Sunday, Sheldon went back to Kent Hospital and was admitted into the ICU because of her low oxygen levels.

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