A Victorian mother has revealed how she has been denied an exemption to return to Melbourne so her sick daughter, who suffers from a rare form of cancer, can receive much-needed treatment at home following an overseas trip for medical care.
Kristy Colakidis spoke to Sky News about her daughter’s ordeal to return back home, with the two of them currently being stuck in hotel quarantine in Sydney.
Ms Colakidis said her daughter, five-year-old Samantha, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, when she was three and a half.
“We have been attending a clinic in the USA for maintenance treatment for Sam,” Ms Colakidis told Sky News host Chris Kenny.
Ms Colakidis said the two have been stuck in hotel Quarantine in Sydney, despite being “up front with everyone” about her daughter’s needs.
“We’ve done quarantine twice now and we’ve found each time the nurses are unable to support her”.
“She has blood count issues so she’s requiring blood tests all the time and no matter what we put forward to the government, they’re not listening”.
“They’ve always asked for the backing of medical teams; I’ve sent them letters from oncology teams in the US and our teams at the Royal Children’s Hospital”.
“We’ve also had the notes from the Sydney Children’s Hospital advising that she best be treated in Melbourne as well with her treating team.
Ms Colakidis said concerns raised to both the New South Wales and Victorian governments “fell on deaf ears”.
“Unfortunately, the New South Wales and Victorian governments have not cared about any of the emotional wellness of the child”.
Ms Colakidis said her daughter is “desperate to get home”.
“Even myself, crying on the phone as a desperate mother begging for help, it’s literally fallen on deaf ears”.
“We’re finding hotel quarantine is not equipped for immuno-compromised children”.
“She’s not getting the treatment she needs”.