A clip of a 104-year-old home care home resident has gone viral after she tearfully begged to be able to see her family once again, fearing she won’t be able to reunite with them before she dies.
Mary Fowler, 104, has shared a heartbreaking video message in which she pleads to be reunited with her family, who she hasn’t seen in person since the coronavirus ban.
The Scottish great grandmother has appealed for people to show compassion and said: “I have to see my family.”
Since March, the pensioner hasn’t been able to see any members of her family in the flesh and has only seen them through the care home window.
For the past seven months, Mary has been struggling to cope whilst enduring being forced to stay in the care home at all times throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Footage of Mary’s distressing plea has circulated online this week, in which she worries “time is getting on for me”.
The great grandmother, who lives in a Fife care home, has confirmed that she is “well looked after” but is struggling to find comfort knowing she may never see her family again.
She said: “This is my right, please help. It’s cutting me to bits. I must see my kids.
“Time is getting on for me. I must see my children and make things like they used to be. Please help me, help me. Please, please help.”
Cathie Russell, who runs the Care Homes Relative Scotland Campaign, decided to post the clip of the pensioner’s plea onto Twitter.
She wrote: “Mary Fowler, aged 104, and locked in a care home since lockdown in March, is at the end of her tether. Mary is desperate to see her great-grandchildren.’
“This simply cannot [be a] humane way to treat our older people.”
— Cathie Russell (@CathHamilton1) October 21, 2020
In September, Mary publically spoke out against the coronavirus restrictions in Scotland, stating they made her feel like a “prisoner”.
In recent weeks, the rules have tightened even further in Scotland, with authorities determined to curb the second wave of the virus.
Before this, restrictions had become a little more relaxed in the more recent months. From 30 minute indoor visits to four-hour meetings becoming available.
At the facilities, a group of six could meet outdoors for one hour.
Yet this guideline was only put in place when it was established that there were COVID safe procedures in place.
The Care Homes Relatives Scotland Campaign has said that although the rules have been relaxed slightly, many care homes are still barring visits.
Ms Russell has said that the group will not be moving to the guidance but has called for care home visitors to be put under the “essential caregiver” status in Scotland. This would give visitors rights to rapid testing and infection controlling training.