A heartwarming video of an NHS worker being reunited with her young daughters after nine weeks apart has gone viral.
Suzie Vaughan, 43, spent more than two months away from her daughters Hettie, seven, and Bella, nine, while she worked on a coronavirus ward.
In the video, she is seen sneaking up behind her children, who had been staying with her sister Charlotte.
The children had been watching a laptop when their mother asked from behind them, “What are you watching?”
When they realised who it was, the children turned around and screamed “Mummy!” before the three embraced.
Ms Vaughan, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, said: “We had said it was only going to be for a maximum of a month, but nobody knew at the beginning of this how it was going to go.
“It was amazing to see them again, I missed the girls terribly.
“When they started crying I felt so bad but so relieved I was back with them.”
Ms Vaughan said it had been a “hard decision to make” not to see her children, but she had done it to keep them safe.
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She even had to spend her birthday apart from her daughters, instead working a 12-hour shift in an intensive care unit.
“Now they won’t let me out of their sight. When I put them to bed they said, ‘Am I dreaming mummy?’
“I do hope it doesn’t have a knock-on effect on them, but kids are quite resilient,” she said.
The family will now spend the next week together before the girls return to school.
Ms Vaughan added: “We still have patients coming in but it’s not as bad as it was, and now I am fully donned with PPE when treating a Covid patient.
“I just kept thinking of the girls, I wanted to keep them safe. And I was able to put more hours in at work and help the patients at work who needed it.”
She also urged the public to continue following lockdown rules.
“There are so many people making sacrifices and until you experience it yourself you don’t always appreciate what has gone out,” she said.
“To see people suffer the way I have had to see patients suffer, I wish people could see the other side of it and think of other people.”
Tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm, Dermot Murnaghan will be hosting After The Pandemic: Our New World – a special live programme about what our world will be like once the pandemic is over.
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