A FATHER is fighting for his life after catching coronavirus from his son, who contracted the virus when breaking lockdown rules to meet with his friends.
42-year-old John Place, from Plantation, Florida, is in intensive care and was on a ventilator for 13 days.
Every member of his family contracted the virus, but John was hit the worst, according to 6 South Florida.
His symptoms began last month after his 21-year-old son went to a friend's house and at one point took his mask off.
John's wife Michelle and the children recovered from the virus after three weeks, but the father of three, who is diabetic, was taken to hospital after suffering from constant coughing over four days.
Michelle, who can't visit John because she had the virus, said: "I feel like I’m living a nightmare, like it’s a bad dream and you can’t wake up from it."
Speaking about the son visiting friends, she recalled: "He said, 'Oh, well, they seem okay, they’re not sick,' so they took off their masks."
"So, that’s the instance he believes, because that same friend told them two weeks later that she was positive."
She explained how difficult it was to explain to her six-year-old daughter why her Dad wasn't allowed to come home.
Michelle also spoke to 7 News Miami, saying she pleaded with the son to wear a mask.
"I pleaded with him every time he left the house, 'Please wear your mask, take sanitiser, make sure you’re constantly washing your hands'.
"He always assured me, 'Don’t worry, mom. I’m doing everything right, relax, chill.' You know how these kids are, so I trusted in him.
"You let your guard down just one time, it’s all it takes. You come home, and you infect the entire house."