Mother whose baby has been treated by coronavirus-infected doctor pops health bosses for testing delays
A mother who has taken her baby to a coronavirus-infected doctor has beaten Victorian health authorities for misunderstandings and testing delays.
The mother from the chic suburb of Prahran in Melbourne is now 14 days after her trial voluntarily with her husband and seven-month-old daughter.
Alice, who doesn’t want to reveal her last name, originally took her daughter, Poppy, Wednesday to get a vaccination at a medical clinic in Toorak.
33-year-old mother Alice, from the chic suburb of Prahran, Melbourne, is upset because she has to wait days and then organizes her own corona virus test after being exposed in a Toorak clinic
The Toorak clinic on Malvern Road, where the doctor worked, not knowing he had Covid-19
Nobody knew that her doctor, Chris Higgins – father of singer Missy Higgins – was infected with coronavirus during a recent 12-day trip to the United States.
Dr. Higgins, tested positive on Friday after treating more than 70 patients, including Poppy and Alice, while suffering from a mild cold.
Early the next morning, Alice received a warning message from Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services stating that she had been exposed to a coronavirus career at the clinic.
“Since we’ve found out, we’ve been running around in circles to find someone who can help us,” she said The age.
The text message ordered the family to isolate itself for 14 days.
Immediately concerned, the 33-year-old mother called the number where the sms came from.
Dr. Chris Higgins and daughter Missy, pictured on a fundraising telethon a few years ago
Dr. Higgins defended himself against criticism that he should not have worked ill with a comment on the Facebook page of Victoria Health Minister Jenny Mikakos (pictured above)
The person who picked up the phone has sent her an email.
But it never arrived.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 123
New South Wales: 65
South Australia: 7
Western Australia: 9
Northern Territory: 1
TOTAL CASES: 123
It remains a mystery why the email did not appear, because Daily Mail Australia understands that the Department has sent it to the right address and has since resent and advised Alice.
Alice said because she had not received an email, she called the number repeatedly on Saturday looking for further instructions.
“I was on the phone for almost two days before we were finally told that we had received the wrong number in the beginning,” she said.
Two more text messages were sent to her phone asking if she would answer “yes” if someone in her family had flu-like symptoms and both times “yes.”
But again, there was no answer.
Eventually Alice called a nurse on call at the Alfred Hospital and booked her family to get tested for the corona virus.
“I am absolutely stunned that a doctor who has had flu-like symptoms has occurred,” said Victoria Health Minister Jenny Mikakos (photo) on Saturday.
There is now a two-day wait for results, but Alice was annoyed that the department did not respond to her texts and calls and said there seemed to be no preparation for when many people contract the virus.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Human Services said they were sorry for the hiccups.
“We apologize for the miscommunication and have clarified the situation with Alice last night,” the spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia via email.
Babies are thought to be very resilient against Covid-19 disease caused by the new corona virus.
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If you suspect that someone has a coronavirus, call the Coronavirus hotline at 1800 020 080
No baby is known to have died so far and the few cases investigated have only shown mild symptoms such as a runny nose or cough.
Alice spoke strongly in defense of Dr. Chris Higgins and said he was a good doctor.
“I feel that Dr. Higgins has been used as a little scapegoat, “she said.
The doctor, in the 70s, is the father of the famous Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins and is believed to have picked up the virus in Colorado, USA.
He began to show symptoms, including a runny nose on a flight from Denver to San Francisco on February 27 before returning to Melbourne on February 29.
His diagnosis led to the quarantine of about 170 people and he was criticized on Saturday by Victoria Health Minister Jenny Mikakos.
“I am absolutely stunned that a doctor who has had flu-like symptoms has occurred,” she said.
Dr. Higgins responded to Mrs. Mikakos’ Facebook message and said he was most upset about her criticism.
“I had a mild cold when I returned from the US last Saturday morning, which almost resolved Monday morning, hence my decision to go back to work,” he said.
GPs in Melbourne who were upset by the scandal wrote a letter to Mrs. Mikakos and Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, in which they said with increasing horror, because many doctors died during their work during this outbreak.
The Australian Medical Association has joined doctors who are angry with Mrs. Mikakos and say that Dr. Higgins worked within the government’s own guidelines.
AMA President Tony Bartone said on Sunday that the Toorak physician did not meet the criteria for self-isolation or Covid-19 tests.