The distraught mother of a toddler with Down syndrome who is battling leukaemia is pleading for people to take social distancing seriously.
Jenny Heavey, from Duleek, Co Meath, says she is ‘petrified’ her 20-month-old son Rían Murray, who is currently receiving chemotherapy, could pick up the virus unless guidelines are adhered to.
Rían ‘The Warrior’ was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukaemia) last month after spending much of his life in and out of hospital with chest-related problems.
The mother of two is now pleading for people to think of those at high risk and to avoid going out unnecessarily.
“I’m a nervous wreck. The country has been on kind of a lockdown for the past couple of weeks but we have been on lockdown for the past couple of months,” she said.
“Rían is really vulnerable in between chemo sessions so we have been trying to keep him as unexposed as possible… he will be susceptible to infection from anything, even bacteria and fungus that are non-harmful.
“It is imperative he doesn’t come into contact with Covid-19 as it may be a fight too much for his little body.
“For me to catch the virus wouldn’t be a massive deal, however for me to take the virus into my house could prove fatal so it’s really important that everyone plays their part.”
Both Jenny and her husband Gerry have had to give up their jobs to take care of little Rían.
A GoFundMe appeal has been set up at gofundme.com/f/rian-the-warrior or search for ‘Rían the Warrior’ on GoFundMe.