Karl Stefanovic explodes at Qld government for forcing boy with cerebral palsy to hotel quarantine
Karl Stefanovic has unleashed an angry missive at the Queensland government moments after learning about the heartbreaking story of how a boy with cerebral palsy was denied the chance to quarantine at home.
Sunshine Coast youngster Lenny Silveira is holed up in hotel quarantine in Sydney with his dad Fabio after the pair returned from the US for life-saving brain surgery, which isn’t available in Australia.
The six-year-old was denied an exemption by Queensland Health to be reunited with his mum and three siblings by quarantining at home, which goes against doctor’s orders for Lenny’s recovery.
The Today show co-host expressed his fury about Lenny’s ordeal after an live interview with his dad on Wednesday morning, describing the situation as ‘awful’.
‘Just have a look at that child there with cerebral palsy, in a hotel quarantine,’ Stefanovic fumed.
‘That is disgusting. I mean, if we can’t make allowances for that kind of thing in this country, I don’t know what has happened to this country.
‘The Queensland Government needs to look at that and fix it straightaway.’
Lenny and his dad had to return to Sydney because there are currently no direct flights between the US and Brisbane.
Mr Silveira, who left his wife and three other children back home to travel to the US with Lenny said it’s been a difficult ordeal.
‘I understand the seriousness of this situation, the COVID pandemic and the consequences of any exemption given, but we are talking about a 6-year-old boy who needs extremely intensive rehabilitation,’ he said.
He added the pair were willing to fulfil any extra requirements to allow Lenny to quarantine at home.
‘I am fully vaccinated. Lenny and I have been tested three times in the last 10 days, so it is sad that Lenny cannot follow his doctor’s prescription to follow the best therapy for achieving the best outcome of this surgery.’
Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said it was a matter for health authorities.
‘We will look at all individual cases and there are systems in place for that’ he later told the Today show.
‘Obviously from a Queensland police point of view we issue the border passes to the exemptions are issued by Queensland Health.