Family sings happy birthday from street to quarantined grandma

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Helen wasn’t allowed to have visitors because her old age puts her at a high risk of contracting the COVID-19 (Photo: ASIA WIRE/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA).
Helen wasn’t allowed to have visitors because her old age puts her at a high risk of contracting the COVID-19 (Photo: ASIA WIRE/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA).

On 15 March, Helen Lambing – a resident at The Shoreview at Riverside nursing home – celebrated her 85th birthday in a special way.

Helen wasn’t allowed to have visitors because her old age puts her at a high risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus, so her family lined up outside her window with banners and balloons to sing Happy Birthday.

Due to risks associated with Covid-19, all visitations to the home had to be stopped, according to Fallon Chadwick (37), a coordinator at the nursing home.

“Anyone traveling in from another province wasn’t allowed in, and family couldn’t take the resident out,” Chadwick said.

“We can’t risk the home getting infected as we serve a vulnerable population.”

In a bid to still make their mother’s special day memorable, Helen’s four daughters, Teresa, Annette, Rose and Joanne, asked Fallon to direct her to the window on her birthday.

“I told her I’d definitely make sure this happened. I decided to come in that morning to screen people coming in, so I could be there to make it happen,” he explained.

“Helen's daughters stood outside her window together with her grandsons Stephen and Adam and son-in-law Ken,” Chadwick recalled of the precious moment.

“They held up a sign that read ‘I love you mum/grandma’ as they sang happy birthday to her.”

(Photo: ASIA WIRE/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA).

Sources: Magazine Features

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