Mansfield mum 's blog details how severely disabled son is living with self-isolation

The Mansfield mum of a severely disabled boy has started an online blog charting how her son is living with self-isolation to avoid coronavirus.

Thursday, 9th April 2020, 3:18 pm

George Eden-Taylor suffered a serious brain injury shortly after his birth which means he cannot walk, talk or eat and is reliant on a specialist team of carers.

The 14-year-old also has severe respiratory problems and could die if he contracts covid-19.

His family made the difficult decision to stop external carers being in contact with George to reduce the risk.

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George Eden-Taylor and his mum Natasha

Now mum, Natasha, has now set up a Facebook page, ‘George’s Self-Isolation Diary,’ charting how the family is coping with self-isolation and the withdrawal of the specialist care team he relies on.

George, who lives with parents Natasha and Shaun and sister Ebonie, 11, usually attends school and enjoys going out to the cinema, bowling and watching movies. He loves socialising with family and friends.

Carers continue to support him by collecting daily medical supplies and food but leave them outside the door or stay in touch by video calls.

Natasha said: “Everyone across the world is going through such a hard time right now but George has severe respiratory problems which mean if this virus gets to him, he will not survive.

George Eden-Taylor

“Unfortunately in order to protect George we now have no support. Our amazing team has had to step away and help us away from the home.

“Our journey is going to be a long one but it is something we have to do for everyone’s sake. The page is a diary of our days. While this is mostly to help us get through this, to distract my mind, emotions and most importantly keep in touch with family and friends, I am using this Facebook page as a positive platform.

“I hope that the page will enforce how essential it is for everyone to stay home.”

Natasha receives support from Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Court of Protection Team. The lawyers manage a settlement and care package following his injury.

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