A Covid nurse at Royal Stoke was unable to see her children for three months whilst she helped tackle the virus on the frontline.
Sam Taft was ‘petrified’ of bringing coronavirus into her family home after working in the hospital as an intensive care nurse, so moved her two young children in with her mum.
Now, the nurse has been nominated by her family for a Covid Heroes award.
Same, aged 31, from Stoke, said: “I’ve been an intensive care nurse for nearly five years and never thought I’d be dealing with something like Covid-19.
“At the beginning, we didn’t know much about the virus and if it affected children or not. Because my little girl, Kadie, has asthma, I was petrified and didn’t want to risk her catching it.
“Though schools were staying open for key workers’ children, their hours didn’t cover the hours I was working, like the night shifts.”
Sam’s partner, Adam Carrier, is a student nurse, and also sacrificed seeing his three children from a previous relationship to keep everyone safe.
Sam took her children, Liam, 11, and Kadie, eight, to rural Yorkshire to form a shielding bubble with her vulnerable mum.
The mum-of-two added: “Taking them to my mum’s meant that they could bond and have a bit of normality exploring the countryside.
“It seemed the best option at the time and I never thought it would be for as long as it was. I thought it would be a few weeks before things were under control, but Covid has been around for nearly a year now.
“I would speak to them on the phone every day and on my days off I would drive up to sit in the garden. But I couldn’t stay for long because I wouldn’t be able to nip to the loo and we weren’t able to touch.
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“I knew if my mum caught Covid that she wouldn’t survive it, so I couldn’t risk it. I thought I would get it straight away from working with the patients, but thankfully, I haven’t.”
After three months, Sam decided to bring the children home again, as Covid-19 refused to go away.
She said: “Coronavius wasn’t affecting children and I ended up bringing them home. Three months was such a long time and I needed them to have some normality again.
“The house was so quiet and I would cry on the way home from work, and was keeping myself busy by working even more. But it was so draining.”
Sam continued to work night shifts in the run up to Christmas, including Christmas morning.
She said: “Work is busier than it was in the first wave and it’s exhausting. The masks and the headaches and spots are horrible, and we are treating really sick patients that don’t have their families there. I just really feel for the families that can’t come in and visit. It’s just not very nice.”
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Nominating her for the award, Sam’s family said: “She’s like a wonder woman. Sam is very determined and has built up a great job and does really well, goes to the gym and looks after the kids. We are so proud of her.”