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A father-of-three is in isolation away from his children after his mother 'suffocated to death' just days after testing positive for COVID-19.

Michael Hardy, 47, was allowed into his 83-year-old mother Rachael's room at Northwich Park Hospital, Harrow, just hours before she died in her sleep.

His brother Angelo, 56, described their mother's last moments as 'pure torture' as she 'struggled' to say what she needed to before her death, the Sun Online reported.

Michael Hardy (pictured), 47, was allowed into his 83-year-old mother Rachael's room at Northwich Park Hospital, Harrow, just hours before she died in her sleep

Michael Hardy (pictured), 47, was allowed into his 83-year-old mother Rachael's room at Northwich Park Hospital, Harrow, just hours before she died in her sleep

'It just happened so quick, she was deteriorating in front of us,' said Michael. 

He filmed a jovial conversation with his mother, who was in 'high spirits', while she lay in her hospital bed just hours before her illness rapidly worsened. 

'It was like suffocating to death - gasping - you're not able to breathe,' he added.

Rachael, who lived alone in Eastcote, north east London, first suffered from a cough and fever on March 10 - and after ringing 111 went into hospital.

But the next day she was sent home with antibiotics.

Just four days later she fell onto the floor and couldn't get up, leading to her son finding her next to her bed 72 hours later.  

The brothers speaking to their mother

Rachael sat in a wheelchair on a balcony

The brothers communicated with their mother as she sat in a wheelchair on a balcony

Michael managed to persuade hospital staff to allow him to don full protective equipment - which he described as a 'space suit' - to visit his mother's ward

Michael managed to persuade hospital staff to allow him to don full protective equipment - which he described as a 'space suit' - to visit his mother's ward 

Rachael, who lived alone in Eastcote, north east London, first suffered from a cough and fever on March 10 - and after ringing 111 went into hospital

Rachael, who lived alone in Eastcote, north east London, first suffered from a cough and fever on March 10 - and after ringing 111

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