Coronavirus Outbreak: Tested positive, Young mom opens up on staying away from 17-month-old daughter

Updated: Jun 04, 2020, 17:53 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Woman told Humans of Bombay that she had to quarantine herself, which meant distancing herself from her daughter for two to four weeks

Picture/Humans of Bombay-Facebook
Picture/Humans of Bombay-Facebook

A mother opened to popular social media page 'Humans of Bombay' on testing positive for Coronavirus and the struggle to stay away from her 17-month-old daughter while under quarantine at home. "When the doctor told me I had Covid, my first question was, 'What about my daughter?' Alifya Jhaveri said in the post that was shared on Facebook.

Though her daughter was safe, Jhaveri had to quarantine herself, which meant she had to maintain social distancing from her daughter for two to four weeks living in the same house.

Jhaveri, who spoke to the popular social media page on the sixth day of her quarantine, said that the only thing that kept her going was the thought of hugging her daughter as soon as her days in isolation ended. "Everyday she comes to the bedroom window, keeps her little finger on the glass and waits for me to keep mine. In that moment, every part of me aches to be with her, but I know I can't."

Jhaveri shared a moment when her toddler reminded her sanitise her hands, that left her shocked. "She usually blabbers, but once she looked me in the eye and said, 'Sanitize hand.' I was shocked! And then the other day, my husband forgot to wear his mask, so she reminded him, 'Wear mask!'" she said.

She also shared how it breaks her heart as her toddler cries for her at night, even though her husband and sister-in-law try their best to take care of her. "Since the day she was born, she's used to sleeping with mumma. So every night she cries, asking for me. It hurts that she cries herself to sleep, but what can we do?"

She concluded by saying that she spends her time in quarantine cooped in her room and watching shows, washing her clothes and utensils, meditating and mostly watching her daughter through the window. "I'm waiting to squeeze her and put her to sleep every night… something I'll never take for granted again."

Shared on Tuesday, the post garnered more than 27,000 likes and was shared over 1,600 times. The users commenting on the post related Jhaveri with about having to cope with the illness with children around and wished her speedy recovery.

A user said, "Strength to you mama! Your baby is so lucky to have your love and the love of your entire family. This is such a hard time, but I hope we're able to give her generation a better future. Hugs and hope." Another user said, "Precious girl, devoted parent--I know you'll hold her tight as soon as you can. You're doing the right thing even though it's hard. May you have a quick recovery, and bless your family for stepping into the gap."

Relating to Jhaveri, a user said, "That has been my biggest scare if I became a victim of this, it would be so difficult to live for 14 days without my daughter, I can totally relate to this, lots of love and strength to her." Hoping for a cure for Coronavirus, a user said, "That broke my heart ... I can’t even think of a day away from my 20 month old baby .. it’s tuff. I pray the cure comes out soon and we all safe .. it’s not easy to stay away from Little ones." Another user commented on the post, "Much strength to you mommy. I had tears in my eyes after reading your story. I know its a hard thing but its for your daughter’s safety. Just believe in god , this too shall pass . Hugs."

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That broke my heart ... I can’t even think of a day away from my 20 month old baby .. it’s tuff 😢 I pray the cure comes out soon and we all safe .. it’s not easy to stay away from Little ones

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