Dying woman being forced to choose which daughter can watch her die

A dying woman has been forced to choose which daughter can watch her die due to coronavirus restrictions.

The 86-year-old woman is facing the difficult decision while receiving palliative care for liver disease.

She has spent the last six months unable to see any of her relatives face-to-face, apart from through a bedroom window.

The unnamed woman has been in a Norwich care home since the coronavirus lockdown started, reports Metro.

Daughter Donna Cattermole, 53, spoke of the devastating circumstances, and recalled the last time she was physically able to meet her mum was on March 15.

She said: "For me, I'm feeling that she has gone. I'm grieving really, I'm not getting any indication this is going to change and it will only be one of us.

"When they are so poorly, it's your duty to be there. It's so devastating I cannot do anything. I do not see any light at the end of the tunnel. I feel like I'm grieving and I cannot see me going in and seeing her.

"We're talking about who it is going to be, that's hard for my mum to decide who that is going to be.

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"I do not think I will see her again."

The heartbroken daughter revealed her frail mum had been sobbing a few weeks ago and they could not even hug, except watch from the bedroom window.

She also said her mum was too frail to go out of the room in a wheelchair and has been left bedridden.

This means she cannot go outside and wear a mask.

Ms Cattermole said: "It feels against human rights. The government needs to help the care homes.

"The care homes have been terribly neglected, they are frightened to have everyone in after what happened in the beginning because they were terribly neglected."

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