A father has criticized the rules on coronaviruses that forbid him, as well as his wife, from seeing his sick son recover in the hospital at the same time as being “inhuman.”
Little Max, one, suffers from aplastic anemia, a condition that means the bone marrow and stem cells don’t make enough blood cells unless they are treated.
Mom Rachel Nicholson, 27, was an almost perfect partner for doctors to eventually perform a bone marrow transplant – the only cure available.
Father Connor Gardner is unhappy with Covid rules that say patients can only have one visitor at a time, meaning his wife must leave the room when he enters
Mom Rachel Nicholson was an almost perfect match for her son’s transplant. Little Max has aplastic anemia, a condition that means the bone marrow and stem cells are not making enough blood cells
Max had his first round of chemotherapy last week and will have the transplant after treatment is complete.
But Rachel and her husband Connor Gardner now have to spend two months apart while Max is treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary due to new rules that Rachel can stay with her sick son, but Connor cannot visit her sick boy. only at specific visiting times.
Connor, 29, said: “My son is about to start chemotherapy for a bone marrow transplant, is it really the right time to start separating the parents from each other?
Max is undergoing chemotherapy now ahead of his mother’s bone marrow transplant in the coming months
“I would like to know how they find this acceptable. We isolated for two weeks before admission, my son and my partner tested for Covid and both results are negative.
WHAT IS APLASTIC ANEMIA?
Aplastic anemia is a serious, life-threatening disease in which the bone marrow and stem cells do not produce enough blood cells.
The condition causes a drop in the levels of red and white blood cells and platelets.
Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body, so their lack can deprive muscles of oxygen, making people weaker and tired.
White blood cells are essential for the immune system to function properly, and platelets help the blood to clot when a person is injured.
Aplastic anemia usually needs to be treated with a bone marrow transplant to get the body to make enough blood cells.
The condition can be inherited, but can also develop on its own at any time.
In some cases, aplastic anemia can turn into leukemia and lead to life-threatening heart failure.
It is a rare disease estimated to affect approximately one in 500,000 people and is more common in children and the elderly.
Source: Great Ormond Street Hospital
“I’m quite happy to be tested. It is inhuman to ask children not to see both parents at the same time. ”
“Rachel and I can’t spend time together in the room, which is a safe place, but we can go down to the cafe together and one of us will come back.” It does not mean anything. It is surely more dangerous for an immune child. system.
“You are allowed to go to stores to paste wallpaper and play elite sport with 21 other people.
“I think the government needs to reconsider the policy. It needs to be rethought.
“I understand why they do it, but I think the circumstances are different for parents of sick children. “
Before the new confinement, they were allowed to spend an hour with their sick child.
But now only one visitor is allowed at a time, so Rachel has to leave for Connor to be allowed in.
Father fed up added, “We can’t spend an hour together in the same room, when we’re going through something so horrible and you can feel so low.
“I am a little frustrated. It is not the hospital’s fault, they must follow the rules communicated to them. “
A spokesperson for the Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘As a Trust we safely reintroduced visits to inpatient departments in August last year.
“We have kept our restrictions to a minimum for as long as possible, but following the announcement of a nationwide lockdown and the increase in the number of cases of the new variant of Covid-19, we have made the very difficult decision to implement stricter restrictions on only essential visits.
“For our younger patients, that means only one parent can be with them at a time. We understand how disappointing it must be, but tighter restrictions are needed to keep our patients, their families and staff safe. “