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Coronavirus concerns for families with sick children

Posted at 11:55 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 23:57:11-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Coronavirus is an added worry for parents already caring for children with compromised immune systems, like Lene'e Gray of Niagara Falls.

Her three year old daughter Anastasia was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor at eight months old after going blind. In December, her family was told she only had days to live.

“Without having a sick child, I wouldn’t panic too much if I didn’t have her," Gray said.

The Niagara Falls family is staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City, where Anastasia is being treated. The house said it's ramping up efforts to keep guests safe and healthy, including limiting access to the house.

“There’s nothing worse than having devastating news, and having no human contact," said Gray.

A crucial health precaution, but one that Gray said makes this situation even harder.

“They’re not allowed to have their husbands, they can’t have their other kids, they can’t hug each other," she said. "We basically just go to our rooms by ourselves and cry.”

She recognizes the difficulties of home quarantine, but said the situation is different when you're not in your home. Now, the two mostly stick to their room, aside from doctors appointments, or briefly getting some fresh air.

Gray is staying by her daughter's side, hoping her husband and soon who are home can join her soon.