Dying mum-of-three denied final hug with her sons at hospice but her pet dog was allowed to visit

A DYING mum-of-three was denied a final goodbye with her sons at ahospice in Wales but was allowed a visit from her pet dog.

Lynette St. John, 42, was told that rules only allowed her dog and not her three oldest sons to be by her bedside in her final hours.

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Lewis, 22, Tyler, 21, and Cameron, 18, were denied the chance to have one last hug with their mum before she passed away from lung cancer last week.

Hospice and Welsh Government rules only allowed her nine-month-old boxer pup, Marley, to her bedside, not her three oldest sons.

The boys’ grandmother 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 10 minutes with her to say their last goodbyes.”

Lynette was admitted to the Marie Curie Hospice in Penarth, Cardiff, at the start of the Covid-19 firebreak in Wales.

Welsh Government Covid regulations allow the same visitor every day so Janet went in to comfort her dying daughter.

When her time was near, Lynette’s 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.

“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.

But after two rounds of gruelling chemotherapy, Lynette was told that the doctors could do nothing more for her.

The hard-up family has set up a GoFundMe page 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.

“We know these restrictions can cause distress to families at an already difficult time, and though we are unable to comment on individual cases, we would encourage any patients or their loved ones with concerns to speak to our hospice team about the options available.

“Our Information and Support Line is also available on 0800 090 2309 for anyone dealing with a terminal illness, or a bereavement at this time.”

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