Daughter who rushed home from Australia after her mother was given just days to live fears she may NEVER see her again after she was forced into a two-week quarantine
- Woman rushed to New Zealand to be with her mother who has two weeks to live
- When Renee West arrived, she and her sons were sent to quarantine in a hotel
- Ms West is being forced to stay in the hotel for 14 days as per COVID-19 rules
- She applied for an exception to see her mother before she dies but was denied
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
A woman who rushed home to New Zealand to spend time with her dying mother may never be able to see her because of strict coronavirus quarantine rules.
Renee West and her two sons flew from Melbourne to Auckland on Saturday, shortly after finding out her 59-year-old mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
But when they arrived in Auckland they were taken straight to M Social Hotel where they are being kept in quarantine for 14 days under strict rules to battle COVID-19.
Renee West (right) flew from Melbourne to Auckland on Saturday, shortly after finding out her 59-year-old mother Lesley Haughey (left) was diagnosed with terminal cancer
Ms West applied for an exception to see her cancer-stricken mother, Lesley Haughey, but was refused, the NZ Herald reported.
‘My 59-year-old mother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and has been given two to three weeks left to live by her doctor. I am scared we won’t get to her in time to say our goodbyes. It just seems so heartless,’ Ms West said.
Both Ms West and her husband are from New Zealand but moved to Melbourne nine years ago, and has not seen her mother in three years.
The mother-of-two is devastated that she may not be able to say goodbye.
‘I am struggling with the fact I may not get to see my mother who is my best friend, and not sure how I am meant to deal with this,’ she said.
Ms West and her family were meant to visit New Zealand for two weeks in April but the coronavirus pandemic and the closure of the country’s borders made that impossible.
Ms Haughey was diagnosed with breast cancer 11 years ago and had a mastectomy to remove the breasts.
Ms West (pictured) and her husband are from New Zealand but moved to Melbourne nine years ago, and has not seen her mother in three years
But in the past couple of weeks Ms West’s sister and father noticed Ms Haughey was struggling to use the left side of her body.
The 59-year-old was rushed to hospital for tests over concerns of a mild stroke and brain bleed.
The family were devastated to find out Ms Haughey had lung and brain cancer which had spread to all her vital organs and treatment is not an option.
Ms West immediately grabbed her sons, aged 5 and 9, and flew back to New Zealand after her mother said her last wish was to have them there to say goodbye.
‘It’s the worst news in the worst situation. My biggest fear is not being able to make it back and that she passes before our 14 day quarantine is over,’ Ms West said.
The mother-of-two is heartbroken to think not only will she not be able to grant her mother’s wish, but she would also be forced to grieve alone with her sons in a hotel room.
Ms West immediately grabbed her sons, aged 5 and 9, and flew back to New Zealand after her mother (pictured together) said her last wish was to have them there to say goodbye