Vaccinated couple must wait NINE days to hold their newborn after mother gave birth during hotel quarantine. ANOTHER cruel setback under Queensland’s strict Covid-19 rules
- Sarah Haidar gave birth 10 weeks early to son IIyas in Brisbane on June 1st
- Had been in hotel quarantine when she got pregnancy complications
- Strict rules meant she couldn’t hold or meet her son for another nine days
- Now need $30,000 to pay for the medical flight to take Ilyas home to Melbourne
Parents who had to wait nine days to hold their newborn son after he arrived early during the hotel quarantine are now getting a $30,000 medical bill to take their baby home.
Melbourne woman Sarah Haidar, 27, and husband Moe, 30, – both vaccinated against Covid-19 – landed in Brisbane on a plane from Qatar on May 26 when their original flight was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak in Victoria .
Ms Haidar was in mandatory hotel quarantine when she was rushed to hospital due to complications during her pregnancy.
She gave birth to baby Ilyas 10 weeks early via emergency C-section on June 1.
Mr Haidar was unable to hold her little boy as Ilyas was immediately taken away to the neonatal ward while her husband remained isolated in his hotel room.
Melbourne couple Sarah and Moe Haidar had to wait nine days before holding their newborn due to Queensland’s strict quarantine rules
Ms Haidar was able to hold her baby on Wednesday night after her quarantine was finally completed
The couple was finally able to hold their baby on Wednesday evening after their mandatory quarantine period ended.
Now they want to return to Melbourne with their son, but in another cruel twist of fate, they’re told the cost of a medical flight and hospital transfer is $30,000.
The new mother described her son’s nine-day absence as torture and said she burst into tears when she finally held him in her arms.
“It was nerve-wracking. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life,” she told the Today show on Thursday.
‘I immediately cried. He’s just very, very small and small. It breaks my heart.’
Sarah Haidar was only able to see her newborn son via video calls for the first nine days
Ms Haidar was only allowed to see her son through her phone’s screen while she completed her quarantine.
‘It’s very heavy. This is something I’ve always wanted, you know. I’ve always dreamed of having it with me when I delivered it,” she said.
“But that was taken from me and I’ll have to live with that for the rest of my life.”
Due to the quarantine rules, Haidar was not allowed to be at the birth of his wife and only got the chance to meet his son on Wednesday evening.
A GoFundMe page has since been set up to help raise the money needed to bring Illyas home.
Sarah Haidar during the pregnancy of her first child Ilyas. She delivered him by emergency cesarean section on June 1 without her husband by her side
The couple had received two Pfizer injections in Qatar, where they worked for four years, and tested negative for Covid-19 four times since returning to Australia.
“It has been a nightmare, it should not happen to anyone,” said Mr Haidar.
“We’ve contacted Queensland Health to help us air Ilyas, but they… just referred us to the hospital that was told it will cost $30,000,” said Mr Haidar.
‘I don’t know how it’s going to happen. We just hope that sponsors, crowdfunding or something else will get the ball rolling, while we continue to seek help.’
Mr Haidar told Daily Mail Australia last week that he had missed the birth because when he applied for a waiver from Queensland Health to be in hospital with his family, he was never processed.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young defended the move to keep the couple in quarantine.
“We know that just because you’re vaccinated doesn’t mean you won’t get infected,” she said.
“We have yet to find out what the ongoing risk is — if someone gets infected, who’s fully vaccinated — what the risk is of passing on that virus.”
Pictured: Moe and Sarah Haidar, who are from Melbourne but lived and worked in Qatar until May 26