Shattered daughter is told she cannot see her dying mother after being forced into hotel quarantine, but she fights to say goodbye and WIN
- Renee West rushed to New Zealand to be with her mother, who has weeks to live
- She was sent to hotel quarantine on arrival under strict rules to fight COVID-19
- Ms West was twice denied an exemption exemption on the grounds of compassion
- Her third application has been granted and she plans to see her mother on Thursday
- Mrs. West’s last wish was to see her and her two sons, ages 5 and 9
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A woman has been given a quarantine waiver to say goodbye to her dying mother after traveling to bed from Australia.
Renee West and her two sons flew from Melbourne to Auckland on April 25 after her 59-year-old mother Lesley Haughey was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
But when they arrived in Auckland, they were taken directly to the M Social Hotel, where they were held under strict rules for 14 days to fight COVID-19.
Ms West had twice rejected her request for an exemption from isolation for compassionate reasons, and was concerned that her mother would not keep it up until the end of her quarantine period.
Renee West was exempted from leaving Auckland hotel quarantine to be with her dying mother Lesley Haughey’s (pictured together)
“She said she would do her very best, and I think so, but it also feels cruel because I can see she’s had enough and I feel like I’m making her wait,” she said. Newstalk ZB.
Ms West’s third request for isolation exemption was granted on Wednesday by the New Zealand Department of Health, and the family hoped to visit Ms Haughey on Thursday.
“We should have a test done, but they think it will be the first morning,” said Mrs. West.
She was widely supported on social media after her story was made public and thanked the community for their support.
“Everyone in New Zealand has supported me 100 percent and it was great, we are so thankful,” said Ms. West.
Both Ms. West and her husband are from New Zealand, but moved to Melbourne nine years ago and have not seen her mother for three years.
Ms West rejected her application twice before it was accepted on Wednesday. She plans to take her two sons, ages 5 and 9, to Mrs. Haughey on Thursday (pictured together)
Ms West and her family were supposed to be in New Zealand for two weeks in April, but the coronavirus pandemic and the closing of the country borders forced them to cancel their plans.
Mrs. Haughey was diagnosed with breast cancer 11 years ago and had a mastectomy to remove the breasts.
But in recent weeks, Ms. West’s sister and father noted that Ms. Haughey was struggling to use the left side of her body.
She was rushed to the hospital for tests because of concerns about a mild stroke and cerebral hemorrhage.
The family was devastated to discover that Ms. Haughey had lung and brain cancer that had spread to all of her vital organs, with treatment not being an option.
Mrs. West immediately grabbed her sons aged 5 and 9 and flew back to New Zealand after her mother said it was her last wish to say goodbye to them there.
Ms. West (pictured) moved to Melbourne from New Zealand nine years ago and hasn’t seen her mother for three years