A mother, 36, who works as a frontline NHS paramedic has not seen her kids for a month as she isolated them with her parents during lockdown to protect them.
Joanne Stevens believes it will be another four weeks at least until she can physically see her two sons again as she fears she might catch coronavirus and infect them if they lived together.
She has made visits to her parents home to see the children, and has kissed them through the window and spoken to them while stood on their drive.
One heartbreaking image shows Joanne dressed in scrubs, PPE, and a mask, hugging and kissing the two boys.
Joanne, of Halesowen, West Midlands, told The Sun News: It’s been a massive sacrifice. It’s heartbreaking not living with them or being able to see them regularly.
But the risk is just too much. I’m dealing with Coronavirus patients virtually every day and taking them to hospital.
I’ve been to care for homes and take them to the hospital from there. So there’s a big risk there and I just can’t take that risk with my children. I want them to be safe.
Joanne took the agonizing decision to isolate from Joshua, 10, and William, seven, four weeks ago when the number of deaths in the UK started to rise.
She said – I could see the deaths and cases rising and I knew I had to make the decision.
It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I never imagine when I became a paramedic that I’d have to do something like this. But there really is no alternative.
Joanne also told of the touching moment that she visited her kids while wearing her full medical gear.
She said – I managed to visit in my full suit and scrubs and PPE and that was the only way I could give them a kiss and a cuddle. That was a few weeks ago.
Her parents said they were also happy to be able to spend quality time with their grand kids, but Joanne fears the situation may last for much longer.
She added – They’re just enjoying spending time with their grandchildren.
I can’t wait to get to see them again. I fear it’ll be another month. We don’t seem to be seeing an end to all of this.