Lying in deathly isolation with a severe brain injury at Westmead Hospital, Anthony Morris refuses to eat or take his medication. Trying to break through the doors is his pregnant and frustrated wife.
Maddie Morris from Sydney, Australia, is fighting for an exemption amid the COVID-19 restrictions that keep her from seeing her husband in hospital. Anthony Morris is being treated for a brain injury.
The pregnant nurse's spouse is currently rehabbing for this injury caused by a car crash earlier this year. Not long before the accident, the couple learned that Maddie is expecting.
Maddie and Anthony Morris on a ski boat together. | Source: instagram.com/anthony_morris__
The baby is due in November. Maddie appears to worry that her spouse may not be able to witness the birth of their child due to his condition worsening, which she implies may occur due to isolation.
Many COVID-19 patients have passed away completely alone and away from their loving family and friends.
Anthony has not been eating, which his wife says is highly abnormal. The nurse stated that she understands the importance of the restrictions but has witnessed many others receive exemptions.
At one stage, she managed to speak to her spouse via the phone, which Maddie said led to a breakthrough with eating, taking his medication, and remaining alert. She expressed:
"People with severe brain injury really do need the support of their family to get the best possible recovery."
The mother-to-be has claimed that she has reached her limit when it comes to pleading with the Western Sydney Local Health District. However, she admitted she was also deeply appreciative of them.
This sorrowful situation is not an isolated incident. Many COVID-19 patients have passed away wholly alone and away from their loving family and friends, with one article expressing:
"Family presence at the bedside... with regular communication between health care providers and their patients and families, are not indulgences."
These practices should be part of the routine and expected care. Healthcare facilities must create programs that allow COVID-19 patients consistent and in-person contact with their loved ones, it stated.
The level of care on a global scale leads to a more complex discussion. An article written in March of 2020 emphasized the importance of governments worldwide providing basic income, sanitation, and access to healthcare.
It also expressed how imperative it was for the global community to join forces towards combating the virus and its socio-economic impact. This would include accelerating vaccine trials and the free distribution of vaccines.
Since then, hopes have risen with the vaccines available and being distributed. Recently, Prince William himself got his first dose.
He posted a picture of himself on Instagram, getting his shot. Hopefully, this picture signifies the eventual end of isolation not only for Anthony Morris but all individuals in hospitals and those alone in their homes.
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