A two-year – old girl would be forced to recover from open heart surgery in hotel quarantine after the Government of Queensland declined to allow her family an exemption from the stringent border laws of the State.
Last week at Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Luella Gilliland underwent gruelling surgery.
The crucial activity could not be postponed, and was already scheduled when the government of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk closed the New South Wales border.
At Ronald McDonald House in Westmead, the family had been in self-imposed isolation, never venturing outside except across the road to the hospital for check-ups.
Despite this, they were refused their application to be given an exemption from compulsory hotel quarantine for 14 days upon their return to Brisbane.
It is a decision that has been slammed as “heartbreaking” by the State’s opposition leader Deb Frecklington.