In Queensland a 101-year-old grandmother may die alone, with her family unable to reach her from the other side of the border.
The daughter and granddaughter of Freda Aughton travelled 1000 km to Queensland only to be turned away by border guards — even though they had an exemption.
After contradictory reports on whether the mother will be allowed to go to Brisbane for surgery, the border brouhaha comes only days after the death of an unborn baby at NSW.
Ms Aughton was born 100 years ago during the Spanish flu and now it seems she might pass away with no-one by her side in the latest pandemic.
“It would mean the world to her if they could just come through the border and see her,” Ms Aughton‘s granddaughter, Mikkayla Smith, told 9 News.
“Really frustrating when we got to the border because our passes were no longer valid,” granddaughter Sharon Star said.
“We try not to get caught up in it because we just break down and cry – we just really want to get that chance to say our goodbyes,” she added to 9 News.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young assured Australians that people would be let into the state if they had a legitimate reason.
“It very clearly says anyone can come across the border in an emergency,” she said.
Ms Aughton’s family are holding out hope.