Australia Covid-19: Beautiful moment toddler jumps into mother’s arms, reunited after border closure
Beautiful moment as three-year-old boy jumps into his mother’s arms after being separated for eight weeks by Queensland’s harsh border closure
- Dominique Facer and son Memphis Francis separated by Covid for eight weeks
- He visited grandparents in Griffith in JULY, could not return to Queensland
- Mother and son were emotionally reunited at Brisbane airport on Friday afternoon
A happy toddler and his relieved mother are reunited in heartwarming scenes after being separated for eight weeks by Queensland’s harsh border closure.
Dominique Facer’s three-year-old son, Memphis Francis, beamed as he ran and jumped into her arms on the tarmac of Brisbane’s Archerfield Airport on Friday.
Memphis was stranded at his grandparents’ cattle station in the NSW Riverina region, more than 1,500 miles from his childhood home in Hervey Bay.
The family’s heartbreaking story sparked national outcry on Thursday, prompting Queensland health officials to grant a waiver to bring Memphis home.
Desperate mum Dominique Facer finally gets to hug her three-year-old Memphis after being separated from her boy for eight weeks due to strict Covid border restrictions in Queensland
Memphis (pictured) was detained for eight weeks because of the Covid outbreak in Sydney
Finally, the Angel Flight Australia charity came to the rescue to fly the young toddler back home, where he will have to spend the next 14 days in isolation.
The happy three-year-old hugged his mother and both cried tears of joy when they were finally reunited.
“He’s been watching dinosaurs since 3 a.m. and said ‘oh I’m going home today,'” Ms. Facer said before the emotional reunion.
“We’re going to be a family again.”
Memphis is pictured with his grandparents Mark and Alex at their cattle station in NSW
Ms. Facer said she planned to reward little Memphis with his favorite dinner: chips with chicken nuggets.
She said he would also like to spend time with the family’s horse and his four-wheeler.
His father would also like to spend a lot of time pushing him on a swing he built for Memphis and his little sister Paisley, she said.
Angel Flight Australia, which operates non-emergency flights, has helped reunite three families during the pandemic.
It helped Melbourne woman Anna Coffey reunite with her dying father in June and in August organized for Daniel Cioffi to go from Brisbane to Adelaide to see his dying mother.
Dominique Facer and Mick Francis haven’t seen their son (in the picture together) since July 9th