A committed mother has criticized Sydneysiders for refusing to follow lockdown restrictions after her sick daughter was taken to hospital with respiratory problems and she was unable to be at her bedside.
Strict Covid restrictions prevented Claire Landon-Sayers from seeing her seven-year-old daughter Emily, who has severe cerebral palsy, for four days.
Emily was locked in a hospital bed where her lungs were ‘sucked out’ to remove fluid after contracting an infection earlier this month.
“The reality we live in could be anyone’s (if they get Covid), it’s not fun, it’s not something you would wish for anyone,” Ms Landon-Sayers told Daily Mail Australia.
“We just feel like some people (not all) ‘don’t get it’ or don’t care and that’s just not okay.”
By contracting rhinovirus and enterovirus, which are usually harmless infections to the common man, Emily was on the brink of a life-saving medical emergency.
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Covid restrictions prevented Claire Landon-Sayers from seeing her seven-year-old Emily, who has severe cerebral palsy, for an excruciating four days while her lungs were aspirated
Claire Landon-Sayers and her husband Ben caring for their daughter Emily in hospital while mother stayed at home to care for her two other children
“Emily still has two viruses – rhinovirus and enterovirus – and they knocked her out. She had to be sucked constantly to keep her airways clear… she was having trouble breathing and it almost ended up being a transfer to Westmead,” Ms Landon-Sayers wrote on Facebook.
“But the great care that her wonderful father and caretaker Kathryn has provided for her through the hospital has made her come out the other way, although not 100 percent.”
Emily suffered a serious brain injury at birth, which left her in a wheelchair and limited her communication to facial expressions and gestures.
She needs constant medical care, which means the disruptions caused by a pandemic could have devastating consequences for families like hers that survive on a high level of healthcare.
Ms. Landon-Sayers wrote a heartbreaking message on her Facebook page for Emily about how upset she was that some people refuse to make sacrifices for their own families – indirectly endangering vulnerable people like Emily by just carrying on.
‘This is scary! This is a normal cold virus for you and I and we’re doing the right thing,” she wrote about the impact of the rhinovirus and enterovirus on Emily.
“We still get viruses with online shopping and absolutely minimal contact.
“For anyone who breaks the rules, doesn’t follow the restrictions… you’re basically putting the lives of my daughters in danger. Stop!’
She said Australians who refuse to do the right thing are “gambling” on people’s health.
Emily needs constant medical attention and care, meaning the disruptions caused by a pandemic could have devastating consequences for families surviving on a high level of healthcare
Father Ben and seven-year-old Emily with quadriplegic dyskinetic cerebral palsy
“You are threatening our well-being and your own and you have no right to play Russian roulette with the lives of others,” she continued.
‘From a family who has to endure to stick their loved one’s tubes in’ [throat] regularly take a day look into our reality and do a reality check of what you are gambling – of what you may have to go through.’
Ms Landon-Sayers wrote that the hearts of both she and her husband Ben have been “full of love and fear” in recent weeks.
“We just got our girl back from the hospital. I haven’t seen her in the longest time of her life,” wrote a relieved Mrs. Landon-Sayers.
dr. Lucy Morgan (pictured) has described the harrowing reality of Covid, with many children being left alone in hospitals to reduce the risk of transmission
dr. Morgan urged Australians to get vaccinated as soon as possible to free up hospital beds for people sick with illnesses other than Covid-19 (stock image)
“Let’s become intelligent, caring, loving people again and do the right process so that we can all return to our loved ones and keep them safe in the meantime.”
Ms Landon-Sayers told Daily Mail Australia that Covid will make life even more difficult for her family.
“Ems is great and always smiles and fights on, but our reality will change forever after Covid,” she said.
“We’ll never, even after we “open,” be able to go “let’s just book a trip here.” We will be concerned about who has been vaccinated and who has not – not just for her, but for us and her carers who would not have loved and cared for her as much by someone else.”
Suffering from cerebral palsy, especially those who contract recurrent respiratory infections, is considered to be at high risk of severe Covid reactions – although the impact on children is believed to be less severe than on adults.