Susanna Reid chokes up on Good Morning Britain as coronavirus pandemic stops mum seeing her severely autistic son
SUSANNA Reid was left unable to speak on today's Good Morning Britain as a devastated mum revealed she's only seen her severely autistic son twice this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The presenter read out a heartbreaking Facebook message that left her exhaling heavily and tearful.
She began: "Suzanne on Facebook says my son is severely autistic, he lives in a care home, he's distraught he can't see me… or come home to visit… sorry."
Dr Hilary Jones stepped in and continued: "It is very distressing, and we know those children with learning disabilities have very much higher mortality rates of the coronavirus than other children of the same age.
"Your grief, your pain, is shared by so many who want to see their children."
Susanna's tears continued as Piers Morgan revealed the son in question was 26 and didn't understand why he has been kept apart from his family.
The emotional moment followed a discussion with care home quality manager Adam Purnell, who has been praised for his dignified approach to keeping his home open to relatives of residents.
Adam, who runs the Kepplegate home in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, has enabled socially-distanced visits since June.
He also introduced weekly coronavirus tests for visitors to make them feel as safe and comfortable as possible.
He told the Mail: "The impact on our residents of seeing their loved ones in person has been enormous.
"It means the world to them and their faces light up with joy. The smiles on their faces says it all.
"By the end of the year with rapid testing, we will hopefully allow relatives to hug and hold hands. It breaks my heart that as a carer I am allowed to give one of my residents a hug but government guidelines mean their sons or daughters can’t."
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