LIZ BERROW and JOSEPH PENRITH will have their hopes dashed after being told by a specialist they need to be flown to the UK.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, a member of staff at a Belfast hospital told staff the woman, who is from the North, needed to be transported to London.
The couple’s five-year-old son was also on the flight, but he is recovering.
Liz and Joseph Berridge, from Belfast, were staying at a hotel in Belfast’s north on the weekend.
They had planned to visit the family’s local seaside resort, where they were due to see a seaside sunset, before heading to London, but the family was told by hospital staff that the woman was being held for precautionary reasons.
It is understood that staff at the Royal Belfast Hospital had been told the woman needed to stay at the hospital for three days, but were unable to transport her because she was still being treated in hospital.
Her husband Joseph Berrrow, from south Belfast, said the family had been in the UK for two years, but had had no contact with their mother since May.
“We were absolutely shocked when we heard that she had been moved from Belfast to London,” he said.
“I was really angry and really sad.”
She is the luckiest person I have ever met.
“Liz Berridge said she had received a phone call from the hospital at about 4am (local time) and was on her way to Belfast.”
They said, ‘You’ve got to go to the hospital’.
“I said, what?”
“They don’t know what to do.
It’s not their fault.”
The family were told the patient had been transferred to a different unit and that they were being taken to London to meet her, but she was not on her flight.
The family are currently in London to await further information, but Joseph Berrow said he was hopeful his wife would be able to see her family again.
“When we heard she had got transferred to London we were just shocked and devastated,” he added.
“Liz has always been a strong, hardworking, compassionate woman.
She will be a great addition to the family.”
Hopefully she will be able see her lovely family again.
“Read more:The hospital said in a statement: “We are aware of the family and have been in contact with them over the past few hours.
“They have been admitted for observation and will return to hospital for assessment later this week.””
The family will not be travelling from Northern England to London on this flight.””
They have been admitted for observation and will return to hospital for assessment later this week.”
The family will not be travelling from Northern England to London on this flight.
“A full review of their medical needs will take place as the family await the outcome of their assessment.”
A spokeswoman for the Royal Northern Hospital said they were unable “to comment further” until they had a full explanation.
“In the interim, the hospital will assist the family with any further support required,” she added.