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Mum's fears: 'If Willow gets Covid-19, she hasn't a hope'

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Anxious: Tracy Carroll and her daughter Willow. PHOTO: SEAMUS FARRELLY

Anxious: Tracy Carroll and her daughter Willow. PHOTO: SEAMUS FARRELLY

Anxious: Tracy Carroll and her daughter Willow. PHOTO: SEAMUS FARRELLY

The mother of a vulnerable toddler, who was laughed at for wearing a mask and gloves in public, has said "selfish" people who don't practise social distancing could kill someone.

Tracy Carroll said Covid-19 poses a life or death situation for her daughter Willow (3), who suffers from spastic quadriplegia, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

Tracy, from Bohermeen, Co Meath, said people are not taking the danger of coronavirus seriously.

"For us, it's not just a life or death situation at present, it will be a life or death situation until a vaccine is found. If Willow gets Covid-19, she hasn't a hope.

"I took my five-year-old son Noah out of school even before they were closed and I'm marking off the calendar until day 14 so I'll know he's not a carrier. That's how protective we have to be.

"I ran into Kells to collect a few pieces I had ordered by phone last week and people were looking at me like I was an alien because I was wearing gloves and a mask.

"Very few people were practising social distancing. Teenagers were hanging out in groups, eating ice-cream and laughing at me as if I had the plague," she said.

"Blaming teenagers is one thing but ultimately, the parents are responsible for letting them out in the first place.

"I haven't seen any family for weeks and I won't until I know Willow is safe again.

"I just can't understand how ignorant people are. I don't think they get that while they appear fine, they could be a carrier and pass it on to someone they love and possibly kill them."

Irish Independent