Sep 22, 2021

Family left heartbroken after harrowing Zoom call with grandmother in COVID ward

Harrowing Zoom call grandmother hospital
Images: A Current Affair.

Peggy and Sam Pozoglou are desperately worried about the physical and mental health of grandmother Christy Katehos, 83, who is stuck in a COVID-19 ward at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital.

Christy contracted COVID-19 from another patient while at the Camperdown hospital, where she had been admitted to have fluid drained from her lung. 

While there, doctors discovered Christy had breast cancer that had spread throughout her body.

When doctors discovered Christy – who speaks little English – had contracted COVID-19, she was transferred to the COVID-19 ward at RPA. 

When Peggy and Sam recently called Christy via a Zoom video, they were horrified to hear other patients calling out in agony to care staff.

The report comes amid concerns Sydney hospitals are close to breaking point and could become overwhelmed once restrictions begin to be lifted. 

There are currently 1,232 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 242 people in intensive care, 122 of whom require ventilation.

Recent figures show that since the start of the outbreak, at least 4,142 people have been hospitalised with COVID-19, which is 15% of cases.

Ambulances are having trouble keeping up with demand for their services and experiencing delays in reaching patients.

Family is not allowed to visit Christy to minimise the risk of the virus spreading, and Peggy and Sam claim basic services such as cleaning and showering are being restricted.  

“Every day that I call my grandmother, her spirits and positivity have diminished significantly,” Sam said, according to The Daily Mail

Christy told him, “The hygiene in this hospital is the worst by far I’ve ever seen in my life in Australia,” Sam said.  

Daughter Peggy said the doctor was in tears when she told her that her mother had been moved to the COVID-19 ward at RPA. 

She was told if her mother required ventilation, she would not be able to receive it because her advanced cancer meant she would not be able to survive it. 

Peggy told A Current Affair she feared she may never see her mother again. 

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