For some families, the physical distancing required to combat the spread of COVID-19 has been a true emotional battle.
Mila Sneddon of Falkirk, Scotland, is 4 years old and has a rare form of leukemia. Since her immune system is compromised, her family had to make the difficult decision to keep her separated from her father Scott, a service engineer who had to continue going to work.
Scott and their 16-year-old daughter Jodi went to live with family nearby, but nothing could stop the doting dad from FaceTiming with Mila each day. They also formed a bittersweet ritual of chatting through the window in their back garden.
“When he first came, Mila was confused and asked, ‘Why can’t daddy come in?’ which upset us both,” her mom Llynda said.
Llynda shared a powerful picture of Mila kissing Scott through the glass on Facebook, and the image went viral. They started receiving praise from the NHS and celebrities like Ant and Dec for doing their part to keep everyone safe.
A few weeks ago, Scott was furloughed, which meant their family could finally be together again. The amazing dad started a countdown for two more weeks to make sure he was infection-free — then surprised his little girl in the best way possible.
After seven long weeks apart, he showed up at the garden window and told Mila he could come inside! She couldn’t believe her ears and burst into tears when Scott walked in and drew her into his arms for a much-needed hug.
What a heartwarming reunion! We’re so glad this sweet family can finally weather the storm together.
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