Sep 03, 2021

Boy stranded on grandparents farm due to border closures finally reunited with parents

Boy stranded on grandparents farm due to border closures to finally reunite with parents
Credit: News Corp Australia

The child, Memphis Francis, has spent the last eight weeks at his grandparent’s property in rural NSW, since leaving his family home in Queensland’s Fraser Coast region in early July.

Like many Australians, the young boy’s family applied for an exemption that would allow him to return to his home state, but the request was denied.

After struggling to comprehend the decision, the family then went to the press and detailed multiple phone calls to Queensland Health, who claimed that their situation did not meet the requirements of compassionate grounds.

Memphis’ mother, Dominique Facer, spoke to Sydney radio station 2GB earlier this morning and revealed that her son has been up since 3am and seems excited to return home. 

“Eight weeks has felt like eight years, so it is definitely going to be very emotional. I’m definitely going to ugly cry,” shared Ms Facer.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting us, showing us so much love and compassion.” 

She added, “A huge thank you for Angel Flight … for helping us getting our little boy home. We’re so grateful.”

“I’ll be getting on a plane with him and handing him over to his mum, and it is going to be so good to him. He needs to be with his parents,” Alex told reporters

Emergency-flight charity Angel Flight Australia has volunteered its services to transport Memphis back to his parents for free, but the young boy’s grandmother revealed that the family would be making a $1000 donation to assist in helping others receive air transport.

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