A family has been granted their desperate wish to say goodbye to their terminally ill mum after taking to social media in a desperate bid to speak to her one final time.
Adelaide woman Barbara featured in a heart-wrenching TikTok video uploaded on Friday, pleading for help to speak with her mum who was being treated at Warrington and Halton Hospital in the UK.
Barbara claimed that for two years her family had been trying to get her mum back to Australia so they could care for her, but had been knocked back by the Australian Government at every step.
The night prior to filming the video, the family received a call informing them their mum had developed pneumonia and had gone into organ failure.
“My uncles are unable to visit because of COVID, and we can’t leave Australia because of COVID. The nurses at the hospital only have access to a landline so we can’t even speak to her,” Barbara said.
With technology providing the only hope of speaking to their mum before it was too late, the family called on the generosity of nurses at the hospital, who they hoped would encounter their video.
“If anyone on TikTok works at the Warrington hospital and has an iPad or an iPhone that we could use to actually speak to my mum and see my mum, and say our final goodbyes, that would be a great help,” Barbara said.
The video attracted nearly 4000 likes and 200 comments shortly after being uploaded - but more importantly, it achieved its desired purpose.
Within hours of it being shared, Barbara uploaded another video sharing the happy news that the hospital had contacted the family after nurses saw her original video.
“We did it, we were able to see her and say goodbye,” text across the video read.
Barbara was shown chatting and waving to her mum, who appeared to be holding a device from her hospital bed.
In comments to the video, TikTok users expressed how glad they were to see that the mother and daughter were finally able to communicate face-to-face
“RIP to your mum. Glad you got to see her and say goodbye,” one woman wrote.
“I’m in tears. Keeping your family in our prayers,” another said.
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