Emotional moment a desperate daughter pleads for help returning to Australia as her mum fights for life in intensive care alone after a stroke
- Expat Australian Rebecca Vickers made her emotional plea on social media
- She wants to return to Sydney home after her mother suffered a massive stroke
- She said her mother is alone in a coma after her father died a year ago
- Covid-inflated flight prices had made it too expensive for her to travel back
- Her plea comes as state premiers call for reductions in international arrivals
An Australian woman who lives in America has made a desperate plea for help to get back home in the midst of Covid lockdowns after her mother suffered a massive stroke.
Rebecca Vickers, 42, who has lived in Chicago, Illinois for the past seven years, made her emotional plea on social media after her mother was placed in intensive care at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.
‘My beautiful mum had a massive stroke last night, she’s in a bad way in ICU and I need to try and get home,’ Ms Vickers wrote in her post in a Facebook quarantine group.
Rebecca Vickers said her mother was alone in hospital in a coma after a massive stroke
Ms Vickers, pictured with husband Chris, said airline prices made it too expensive to get home to see her stricken mother
She also revealed her father had passed away a year ago and so her mother was on her own in hospital.
‘She’s alone, no one is with her. No one can hold her hand,’ Ms Vickers tearfully told Sky News.
‘She’s in a coma right now and it’s all touch and go. She’s really hanging on for dear life.’
Ms Vickers plea came as Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed at a press conference on Friday that the cap on international arrivals by commercial flights would be reduced by 50 per cent to reduce the pressure on hotel quarantine.
A new cap of 3,185 people would now be allowed to arrive in Australia from overseas each week.
Ms Vickers’ mother had been transported from Gosford to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital with bleeding on the brain and underwent brain surgery.
Ms Vickers, a mother of two young children, said she was desperate to return home to Sydney but that Covid-inflated flight prices had made the trip for her family almost impossible.
‘I have a two and and a four-year-old,’ she said. ‘I can’t pay the $23,000 that United want for a single ticket.’
‘She’s in a coma right now and it’s all touch and go,’ Ms Vickers said of her mother. ‘She’s really hanging on for dear life.’
Ms Vickers’ plea came as Prime Minster Scott Morrison announced a halving in the number of international arrivals to Australia, with a new weekly cap of 3.185 arrivals
She asked for help from anyone who had information on travel agents who might offer a better deal to her family back to Australia.
Ms Vickers desperate mission came after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s call for a substantial reduction of arrivals from overseas in order to relieve pressure on Australia’s leaky hotel quarantine system was heeded by the federal government.
‘Our hotels are stretched,’ Ms Palaszczuk said. ‘We are basically at capacity.’
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk repeated her calls for a reduction on international arrivals of 50 percent during her press conference on Friday morning
Her Labor counterpart in Victoria joined Ms Palaszczuk in calling for the reduction.
On Tuesday Mr Andrews said international arrivals should be halved until a ‘critical mass’ of Australians had been vaccinated, to avoid further capital city lockdowns.
Ms Vickers attempt to return home also comes at a time when it’s revealed Z-list celebrities and their associates had been allowed to enter Australia.
British reality star Charlotte Crosby, Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly, British singer Alesha Dixon and even Zac Efron’s brother Dylan have entered Australia and stayed in hotel quarantine this year.
Controversially, workers in the entertainment industry can enter under an exemption to Covid border closures because they are considered ‘critical to Australia’s economic recovery’.
They have arrived despite up to 34,000 Australians remaining stranded overseas due to the former cap of 6,370 overseas arrivals a week.