Dying mum-of-six denied final goodbye from half her kids but pet dog allowed

A mum-of-six died without being allowed final hugs and goodbyes from her eldest sons due to Covid rules.

Lynette St. John's pet boxer dog was allowed in with her youngest children but the 42-year-old was heartbroken there were no last moments with Lewis, 22, Tyler, 21, and Cameron, 18

Holme Towers Marie Curie Hospice in Penarth, Cardiff, where Lynette was staying, explained its action against the spread of coronavirus meant some visits have been banned, The Sun reports.

Marie's mum, Janet St John said: “It doesn’t make sense – they allowed Marley in but not three of her children.

“They are heartbroken, all they wanted was ten minutes with her to say their last goodbyes.”

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Lynette was admitted to the hospice at the start of the Covid-19 firebreak in Wales where Covid regulations allow the same visitor in every day so Janet went in to comfort her dying daughter.

When Lynette was nearing the end, her three youngest children Oshea, ten, Fabian, seven, Neveah, five, were allowed in for half an hour each.

Janet, 63, said: “That was hard for her and for the children – there were a lot of cuddles and tears.

“Marley was allowed in because dogs can’t catch or carry coronavirus and he did cheer everyone up.

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“But it was desperately hard for Lewis, Tyler and Cameron who had to stay at home.

“The idea was for them to say their goodbyes on FaceTime but in the end, she was too ill. It never happened.”

Single-mum Lynette was diagnosed with Small Cell lung cancer after losing her voice in May.

Two rounds of gruelling chemotherapy failed to beat the cancer, leaving doctors out of options to save her life.

Nearly £1,000 has been donated to the family through a GoFundMe page they set up to help pay for Lynette's funeral.

A Marie Curie spokesperson told the Sun Online : "We understand that families want to be with their loved ones when they’re admitted to the hospice and in their final days.

"Our patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do and in normal circumstances, we support open visiting.

“Sadly, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we have had to adapt and do things a little differently, and though there are some restrictions on visiting, we are trying to support our patients and their loved ones as much as we can with virtual visits.

“We continue to work with the Welsh Government and their guidance to ensure we can still allow some face-to-face visits safely at the hospice and keep our staff safe in order to run as many services as possible."

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