Woman dies of cancer days after her daughter is released from the quarantine of the coronavirus to say goodbye
Family tragedy as a mother dies from cancer just days after her daughter ran home from Australia and nearly said goodbye
- Renee West flew from Australia to New Zealand to say goodbye to the dying mother
- She begged to be quarantined early in case she missed an opportunity
- Ms. West was able to spend a few days with her mother before she died of cancer
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The mother of a woman who ran home from Australia to say goodbye died.
Renee West flew back to New Zealand from Melbourne on April 25 to watch her mother Lesley Haughey, 59, die of cancer. She said she was diagnosed that month Stuff.
But because of the country’s coronavirus restrictions, she and her two sons had to isolate for 14 days.
Renee West flew back to New Zealand from Melbourne on April 25 to say goodbye to her mother Lesley Haughey, 59 (photo together) who was dying from cancer
Ms. West feared their May 9 release date would be late and she might not be able to see her mom again.
She begged the government for a special exemption to be released from quarantine early.
Her pleas were rejected twice.
But when she tested negative for coronavirus on May 7, she was finally able to leave – two days earlier than expected.
Ms. West was grateful for the opportunity to see her mother before she died.
Ms West feared their May 9 release date would be late and she might not be able to see her mom again
The couple spent three days together.
“I would have really regretted it if I hadn’t been there,” she told the publication.
“I said, ‘I love you and it’s your time to be free.’
“We knew she was ready that day, so we were with her all night.”
She said the family would only have a small service, as only 50 people can attend New Zealand funeral services.
Ms. West (photo with her mother and sister) was grateful that she had the opportunity to see her mother before she died