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A Melbourne mum has shared the heartbreaking story of her six-month-old baby being diagnosed with COVID-19 and pleads with the public to take the pandemic seriously.
In a Facebook post, Nikki Jane, revealed her daughter, Stevie, contracted coronavirus after her partner came into contact with a confirmed case.
“This week has been one of the scariest times of my life,” she wrote.
“She has spent the past two nights in emergency and the paediatrics ward at Casey Hospital. Stevie was the very first positive COVID-19 case in the paediatrics ward that Casey have dealt with and the staff there were amazing!
“Although she is home, safe now in her own bed, we are not out of the woods yet. She still needs to be closely monitored over the next few days.”
Nikki Jane with baby Stevie who is battling COVID-19.
Nikki said seeing her baby girl in hospital while being away from her partner and son was really tough.
“Not only was it emotionally challenging to see my little girl so unwell or be apart from my son Cameron, who is too young to understand what was happening, it was really mentally challenging to be isolated in quarantine at the hospital by myself,” she shared.
“It was also one of the hardest things to see the look on Josh’s face when he could not be by his daughter’s side to protect or comfort her while he said goodbye to her and watched the ambulance drive away,” Nikki wrote.
“This sh*t is real people and it’s really hard.”
Six-month-old Stevie was the first positive COVID-19 case in the paediatrics ward at Casey Hospital, Victoria.
Nikki finished the post by pleading with people to wear a mask and to take the restrictions seriously.
“For those of you who don’t think that wearing masks or social distancing is important and that COVID-19 isn’t serious or it won’t happen to you, this post is especially for you,’ she wrote.
“Please do the right thing so this doesn’t happen to someone else.”
Victoria today recorded 532 new cases of COVID-19, with six people losing their lives. It is the state’s worst day of the pandemic.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the current restrictions would continue until case numbers started to drop.
“The lockdown will not end until people stop going to work with symptoms and instead go and get tested because they have symptoms,” Mr Andrews said.
“It’s not a matter of blame, it’s not a matter of judgement, these are the facts and unless we see a change, then we’re going to continue to see these numbers at unacceptably high levels.”