Covid Wales: Man rejects ‘cruel’ rules that meant he found out his 19-month-old son had cancer in parking lot
Dad blows out ‘cruel’ Covid lines that meant he found out his 19-month-old son had blood cancer in hospital parking lot
- Carson Josephson needs regular cancer treatment at a hospital in Cardiff
- But only one of his parents, Carrie and Jason, is allowed to accompany him
- Jason said: ‘It’s absolutely cruel that two parents can’t be there to support’
A father rejected the ‘cruel’ Covid rules, which led him to discover his 19-month-old son had leukemia in a hospital parking lot.
Carson Josephson is 19 months old and requires regular treatment at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Cardiff.
But his father Jason cannot come to him and his mother Carrie for the treatments due to Covid’s rules.
The Cardiff and Vale Health Council has said it follows the guidelines of the Welsh government and makes allowances ‘where appropriate’, according to the BBC.
Baby Carson was diagnosed with blood cancer when the lockdown first started last year and he even underwent a bone marrow transplant in October.
He still has to go to the children’s hospital for treatment, but only one parent is allowed to join him.
Carson Josephson (pictured with parents Jason and Carrie) is 19 months old and requires regular treatment at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital in Cardiff
Mr. Josephson said, “It is absolutely cruel that two parents cannot be there to support their children.”
The couple added that they do not understand how people in groups of six are allowed to go to restaurants and eat indoors if they are not both able to accompany their cancer-stricken child into the hospital.
Current guidelines in Wales state that only one parent or guardian is allowed at the bedside of a child, but health committees are given the ‘discretion’ to change these rules if they believe the benefits of the visit outweigh the risks of Covid .
Mr. Josephson said he felt like he was “in a prison cell” when he was told the news about his son while sitting in the hospital parking lot.
Cardiff and Vale Health Council has said it follows Welsh government guidelines and makes allowances ‘if applicable’
Baby Carson was diagnosed with blood cancer when the lockdown first started last year and even had a bone marrow transplant in October
He told the BBC: ‘I just wanted to go into the hospital and put my arms around them both, but I was told not to. I couldn’t think of a worse pain. ‘
And Mother Carrie says she finds it exhausting to have to attend all of Carson’s appointments by herself and then tell Mr. Josephson again what several advisers have told her.
She told the publication, ‘No parent should have to deal with this alone without their partner. Open restaurants and pubs is selfish, really selfish. We feel like we are on our own. ‘