‘I want to be home with my children. I want to bathe them, cuddle them, and kiss them, but I can’t. Not until this ends.’: Nurse urges ‘don’t wait for someone you love to get infected before you act’

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“This is my family, my 2 sons, my daughter, and my partner. This is how I get to see them now, through a window for a few minutes of the day.

I am a front line key worker for the hospital and my baby girl has had recurrent chest infections since she was born last year.

Due to the number of confirmed cases and symptomatic colleagues, this is the relationship I will have with my babies for the next few months.

This has been the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I don’t want to leave them, but that is me being selfish. I am absolutely heartbroken.

I am leaving my family and my young children so I can go to work and care for others. I will risk my health facing this virus head-on, but I will not be risking anyone else’s.

So please! I am literally begging you! Stay at home! Please just listen to the rules and follow the guidelines! This is not a holiday! This is killing people! Do not wait for it to kill someone you love before you realize that you could have prevented it. 7 employees from our hospital have died of this virus.

I am asking for help. I want to be home with my children, in my own home where I can bathe them, cuddle them, kiss them. But I can’t do that until this ends, and it will only end when the public starts to pay attention to what is going on in the world.

My life is upside down without my babies, but I am making this sacrifice for the greater good! To protect the people I love the most and care for those who need it.”

Courtesy of Jay Short

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