A new heartbreak for the family whose newborn daughter needed emergency open-heart surgery as the mother is now being deported
- Regia De Morais Silva can be deported to Brazil on July 8 when her visa expires
- She could be forced to leave her young daughter with a heart condition
- Both parents were fired during COVID-19 and cannot afford a new visa
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A young couple with a sick toddler could be torn apart after both parents lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, destroying their chances of saving enough for a partner visa.
Regia De Morais Silva can be deported from Perth to Brazil on July 8 if her student visa runs out, leaving her partner Adam Curtis and daughter Lara in Perth.
The couple does not have a family to go to in either country and spent their lives on food and housing, while their daughter underwent open heart surgery for a congenital heart block in 2018.
Lara has been diagnosed with the rare and potentially fatal condition interferes with the way the heart beats before it was born.
Regia De Morais Silva can be deported from Perth to Brazil on July 8 when her student visa runs out, leaving her partner Adam Curtis and daughter Lara behind in Perth
When she was a newborn, Lara had a pacemaker inserted in her chest to regulate her heart rate at Perth Children’s Hospital.
She was in intensive care for four months and her parents did not leave her side.
The couple had no financial aid while their daughter underwent life-saving surgery, forcing Curtis to sell his car during the ordeal so that he could afford to put food on the table.
They managed to find work after Lara was released from the hospital and made a plan to raise their daughter in Australia to ensure she would continue to receive the best healthcare.
When she was a newborn, Lara had a pacemaker inserted in her chest to regulate her heart rate at Perth Children’s Hospital
She was in intensive care for four months and her parents did not leave her side
The new parents saved to pay $ 7,700 for a partner visa before they were both fired when the COVID-19 crisis hit.
The couple are now desperate to keep their family together and have pleaded with the public for help.
“We are both hardworking people and never thought it would come to that,” they wrote Support me.
“But we are desperate to prevent Lara’s mother from returning to Brazil during a pandemic without health insurance and a child with heart disease.”
The couple are now desperate to keep their family together and have pleaded with the public for help
Mr. Curtis and Mrs. De Morais Silva have to pay for a new pacemaker battery every five years and replace Lara in 12 years.
“The last thing Lara needs after all the trauma she’s been through is getting divorced,” said Mr. Curtis 7 News.
On Friday, South America was labeled as the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.
So far, 21,048 fatalities have occurred in Brazil, with 1,188 people dying over a 24-hour period on Friday.