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Red Lodge mum takes sons out of school out of fears they could bring coronavirus back to their severely disabled sister




A Red Lodge mother has taken her three sons out of school because she fears they could bring the coronavirus back to their sister, who is severely disabled.

Single parent Michaela Carr, of Burdock Road, who has four children aged between five and 11, has also taken her daughter, seven-year-old Lexi, out of the Riverwalk School, in Bury St Edmunds, because she said she believed if she caught the virus it could prove fatal.

Lexi suffers from Gomez Lopez Hernandez syndrome, a rare and complex condition which affects her brain causing numerous problems including with her sight and her mobility. She requires regular hospital visits including to Great Ormond Street in London.

Michaela Carr and her four children Tyler, Phoenix, Mason, and Lexi. Picture by Mark Westley.
Michaela Carr and her four children Tyler, Phoenix, Mason, and Lexi. Picture by Mark Westley.

Her three sons, Tyler, who is 11, Phoenix, nine, and Mason, five, who are at school in Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds and Red Lodge are also being kept away from school because Michaela is worried if they pick up the virus they could infect Lexy.

“The other night one of my sons was crying that he did not want to give his sister Covid,” said Michaela“but if they don’t go to school I will be fined and why should I be fined for trying to protect my daughter.”

She has emailed her MP and health secretary, Matt Hancock, and the Department of Health and Social Care outlining her fears.

“I feel the virus has made it not safe for my children to go to school because I am trying to shield my daughter but I will be punished for trying to protect her,” said Michaela, who has now informed all the schools she plans to school her children at home for the forseeable future.

“I have been out and bought all the equipment I need for teaching them at home,” she said.

On Monday, she received a letter from St Christopher’s primary school in Red Lodge, where her son Mason is a pupil, which stated that “children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend school.”

Michaela, whose partner died three years ago, said the family were also desperate for more suitable accommodation. “I have been sleeping on the sofa here for six years because we need a four bedroom house. We really do need help,” she said.

The Journal, sister title to Suffolk News, approached the education authority, Suffolk County Council, for a comment, but it declined.

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