Distressing twist for grieving dad after daughter's tragic balcony death

Brianne Tolj
·2-min read

The dad of a woman who died suddenly this week says he is “shattered” because Covid-19 restrictions are preventing him from attending her funeral.

Mariah Huthmann Grace, a mum of six, fell from a 22nd floor balcony in a Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, apartment building on Tuesday.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious by police, according to Nine News.

Ms Grace’s dad, John Grace, took to Facebook on Thursday to say he won’t be able to attend her funeral in Queensland because he is now in total Covid-19 lockdown in South Australia.

“If it doesn't rain, it pours. I'm in total lockdown in Adelaide for six days or more. And if I go to Queensland, then I'm in two weeks lockdown at my own expense of $3000,” he wrote.

Mr Grace with her dad, who won't be able to attend her funeral.
Mariah Hutthmann Grace, a mum of six, fell from a 22nd floor balcony in a Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, apartment building on Tuesday. Source: Facebook

“So I will miss my daughter's tangi....shattered again...what next…Covid is my enemy.”

Mr Grace confirmed the tragic passing of his daughter earlier this week.

“We are absolutely devastated by Mariah’s passing and are struggling to find the funds to cover the cost of her funeral,” he wrote on Facebook.

“We want to give Mariah the service she deserves to honour her memory and say our last goodbyes.”

South Australia begins lockdown

South Australia reported no new coronavirus cases on Thursday as the state began its hard lockdown in an effort to put a "double ring fence" around a dangerous outbreak.

The so-called Parafield cluster has been revised down to 22 confirmed infections with three people in hospital in a stable condition.

One case previously linked to the cluster had since been excluded from SA's coronavirus numbers, SA Health said.

However, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said there were 17 more suspected cases.

Premier Steven Marshall has warned the state will only get one chance to prevent a second wave. Source: AAP
Premier Steven Marshall has warned the state will only get one chance to prevent a second wave. Source: AAP

As a result of contact tracing and testing, 3200 close contacts of known cases were in quarantine and thousands more were self-isolating.

“What we are doing is putting a double ring-fence around all of those people,” Professor Spurrier said.

“So if you imagine all of those people have had close contacts and then those people have had close contact, that's where we're up to.

“Finding all of those people and requiring they quarantine.”

Premier Steven Marshall said the statewide shutdown remained absolutely necessary to break the chains of transmission and prevent more widespread community infection.

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