This is the emotional moment a severely asthmatic seven-year-old was reunited with her care home worker mum after nearly two months apart.
Lisa Cave, 40, made the ‘heartbreaking’ decision to send daughter Ruby, 7, to live with her dad Paul, 48, on March 26, after fearing she could accidentally infect her amid the coronavirus crisis.
After seven weeks of ‘feeling lost’, the pair were finally able to share a cuddle last Wednesday with Lisa kitted out in full PPE for the big moment.
An emotional video shows Ruby running into her mum’s arms and clutching her tight – a hug that Lisa says will ‘get me through the next few weeks’ as they part ways once again.
The mother, from Stalham, Norfolk, admitted it felt like ‘someone had ripped my heart out’ after she said goodbye to Ruby.
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She said: ‘I feel lost. My house is so quiet. My friend said to me that it’s like I’ve been grieving.
‘I’ve been FaceTiming her every day, and her dad has been fantastic – I can’t praise him enough. Of all the people in the world, I couldn’t ask for a better dad for her.
‘But she’s a real mummy’s girl, she always has been. She’s been really upset she can’t have her mummy cuddles before bedtime.’
The care home worker, who helps disabled residents, made the decision to drive the ten miles to Paul’s house after getting PPE equipment on order.
She said: ‘I phoned her dad about a week beforehand and told him I just needed a cuddle.
‘I went round there last Wednesday. She didn’t recognise me to begin with, because I was all suited up in the protective clothing.
‘But when she realised it was me, she flew into my arms and just sobbed. She kept telling me she loves me and misses me.’
Speaking about her daughter’s health conditions, Lisa revealed Ruby suffers from croup, which closes the airwaves, as well as ‘very severe asthma’.
She said; ‘She’s been in and out of hospital a lot in her short life – about half the time she has an asthma attack she ends up in hospital.
‘Luckily, she’s very intelligent for her age, and she understands why mummy can’t be with her.
‘Paul has been cracking. He’s had schoolwork lined up for her every day of the week, and he’s teaching her French and Spanish.’
Lisa is now calling on people to stay home so key workers can be reunited with their loved ones for real.
She said: ‘This “stay alert” business is diabolical. People are so confused – stay alert from what? It’s an invisible virus.
‘Just stay at home. There are so many key workers out there who have been parted from their loved ones, and my heart aches for them as I know what they’re going through.
‘If you’re able to be with your family, please stay home so I can see my child again.
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