Down’s child saved from quarantine trauma

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Down’s child saved from quarantine trauma

Family’s ordeal highlights capacity constraints and protocol inconsistencies, says MP who rescued them

Senior reporter

A 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome was caught up in a drama at Gauteng’s Midrand quarantine facility, prompting concern about “inconsistencies” in quarantine protocol.

Lohan Erasmus, his mother, Rentia, and siblings Carlo, eight, and Sussie, four, were left inside a small room at the facility for six days after returning from holiday in Mozambique, where they had self-quarantined for two weeks. Lohan became severely distressed during the confinement.

Fortunately, the family and several others were discharged, thanks to the intervention of national assembly member Madeleine Hicklin, who motivated for Covid-19 swab tests for everyone at the facility...

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