A DYING mother died in hospital without seeing any of her children after being "unable to choose" which of them could visit her.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hospital rules in Wales state that patients are only allowed to have one person come and see them.
The woman, who was suffering from a brain tumour, was left with an impossible decision to make after the hospital told her to decide which of her for children could come and say goodbye.
Heartbreakingly, she was unable to decide, and passed away without seeing any of them, according to Wales Online,
"We had one palliative care resident at the end of life due to a brain tumour who refused to have her family visit because she would not choose which one of her four children it should be," a nurse revealed.
Another spoke of the difficulty of giving out terrible news over the phone due to the pandemic.
"I put the phone down and cried my heart out. To give someone bad news over the phone, not knowing where they are and who they are with, not holding their hand or sitting down with them, [was] horrible," she said.
Over the course of the pandemic, many have criticised the fact that strict lockdown measures prevent families from being together when it matters most, at times of hardship and bereavement.
Some feel that exceptions need to be made, particularly for cases such as this, where a mother is forced to decide which of her children she's allowed to see before she dies.
Like Ireland, Wales is heading back into full lockdown, with a 17-day 'firebreak' set to begin at 6pm this evening.
Its aim is to "slow" the rise of Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions around the country, though it's estimated the lockdown may cost the Welsh economy more than £500m (€551m).