Mother left ‘beyond frustrated’ by ‘ridiculous’ rules to visit newborn sons
A “beyond frustrated” new mother has torn shreds off the NSW government over testing rules.
Katrina Katipunan gave birth to twin boys by caesarean just 12 days ago at Westmead Hospital, where they remain in the neonatal intensive care unit.
She told Mark Levy Westmead is unable to offer her accommodation “because there’s no health directive to even allow that”.
It means she has to queue from 4am every day to be tested for COVID-19 to be allowed to enter the hospital and see her sons.
“The fact that I even have to apply for an exemption form to get into the hospital to see my twins that I birthed 12 days ago is beyond me,” she said.
Ms Katipunan confirmed there’s 44 babies currently in the NICU, which means dozens of other parents forced to go through the same lengths each day.
“They have failed us because the whole situation has been mismanaged since restrictions were eased on December 15.
“I hope they are listening because I’m pretty sure the Premier is going to be a father of seven…”
Press PLAY below to hear Katrina Katipunan document the “extraordinary” rules
Premier Dominic Perrottet told Chris O’Keefe the situation is “being looked at” this afternoon and rapid antigen tests considered.
“The advice we’ve had back from health is there just needs to be some balance there,” he said.
“Obviously we want to make sure particularly young babies and young mothers are safe.
“We need to work through it; obviously that is unacceptable.”
Press PLAY below to hear Chris O’Keefe’s discussion with the Premier in full
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