A 104-year-old woman stuck in her care home for seven months has made an emotional video plea to be allowed to see her family before she dies.
Mary Fowler tearfully says it's "cutting me to bits" being separated from her family for such a long time due to coronavirus social distancing restrictions, reports Mirror Online.
In the clip, the Scottish great-grandmother appeals for help, begging: "I have to see my family."
The pensioner has not been in the same room as her children in months and has only been able to have window visits with one of them since March.
She fights back tears as her plight lays bare the hardship endured by the elderly stuck in care homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mary, who lives in a Fife care home, says "time is getting on for me" and she wants more precious moments with her loved ones before she dies.
She adds: "I’m very well looked after here. I want my family though.
"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 Relatives Scotland Campaign group, posted the clip of the pensioner's plea on Twitter this week.
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."
Mary had also spoken out publicly in September – saying coronavirus restrictions in Scotland made her feel like a 'prisoner.'
The rules have tightened again in recent weeks, as Scottish authorities bid to curb the second wave of the virus.
Restrictions on care home visits in Scotland were relaxed in stages in recent months.
The rules moved from 30-minute indoor visits to four-hour meetings.
Groups of six can meet outdoors for one hour at the facilities.
The guidance only allows care homes to permit the visits once they are satisfied they have Covid-safe procedures in place.
Unfortunately, the Care Homes Relatives Scotland Campaign says despite the relaxed rules, some care homes are still barring visitors.
Cathie said some groups have declared they will not be moving to the new guidance.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was asked about Mary's video at her press briefing on Thursday.
Addressing the struggling pensioner directly, she said "we have to keep people in care homes as safe as possible".
But she added: "To Mary, I'm sorry for the position you're in and the position your family's in.”
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