UK: Daughter of Nursing Home COVID-19 Victim Speaks Out
A British woman who lost her mother to COVID-19 spoke to RT in an interview filmed on May 15.
Canterbury resident Michelle Rowland talked about her mother Doreen’s treatment and battle against the disease at a local nursing home.
Rowland explained that in the UK system “the local authorities pay for a certain amount of care. But things like cutting nails, washing your hair, treating your feet, they do not cover,”.
The woman recalled that once she had cried after seeing the condition of her mother’s feet.
Her 72-year-old mother, who had underlying health conditions, including diabetes, fell ill with a high temperature and a cough at the end of March.
Rowland said she was informed about her mother’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis just three days before her death on March 30.
“Preceding days, basically on the Friday night, I get a call going: ‘We’ve got a test back, she has been tested for COVID-19, and the test has come back positive’. She was exhausted that day. She got diarrhoea as well.”
The last time Rowland talked to her mother was a day later on Saturday.
“We talked about the day that we were looking forward to, when the weather was going to get warmer, and we were going to get her in a chair and get her outside. She was so looking forward to it,” a visibly upset Rowland said.
“And then on Monday morning, at two o’clock. A phone call from the care home saying mother passed away. They wanted to talk to me more, but I couldn’t.”
"It’s really horrible because you can’t go and see them, you can’t hold their hand, you can’t look after them, you can’t do anything,” she concluded. According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, between the period of March 2 - May 1, 2020, some 27 percent of all care home deaths in England and Wales involved COVID-19.