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Ruth Langsford teary as Ruthie Henshall sobs ‘I am watching my mother die through a window’

Mirror logo Mirror 3 days ago Verity Sulway

Ruth Langsford, 60, was teary eyed during Tuesday's Loose Women when the panelists spoke to I'm a Celebrity star Ruthie Henshall.

Last month, Ruth broke down in tears as she talked about not being able to hug her mum Joan, 88, who is in a care home and is only allowed window visits in lockdown.

Ruthie's mother is also in a care home and says her mum is deteriorating from lack of human contact, and she had the panel close to tears when she said: "I am watching my mother die through a window."

Asked when she last saw her mum, Ruthie said: "It was before I went into the castle, so back in October.

"Then they brought in the rule of not being able to have more than one person go and see her behind a screen and that had to be the same person each time.

"Because I was going away into the castle and my other sister works as a teaching assistant, it fell to my other sister to be the one who went in, I haven’t been able to see her.

Ruth Langsford, Ruthie Henshall are posing for a picture © ITV

"They’ve moved her into a front room and I’ve been able to stand at the window and wave

"But I’m shocked, just absolutely shocked and devastated by the shell of a woman that I see.”

Ruthie said she was denied her request to volunteer at the care home, explaining: "When Helen Whately recently announced the volunteer scheme, they were asking for volunteers to go into care homes to do a ‘check in and chat’ with these people in care homes, they would receive the vaccine and they could go in.

Ruthie Henshall smiling for the camera © ITV Ruthie Henshall

"Now that incensed all of us who have got loved ones in there because I applied on the website, I said I had experience as a carer until the government terminated my employment – and the fact is, we’ve been told we can’t go into the care home that our loved one is in.

"So, if you apply to be a volunteer carer, you still can’t get in to see your loved one. And it’s a postcode lottery."

Ruthie continued: "It's the Rights for Residents that we’re campaigning with.

a person posing for the camera: Ruth and her mum Joan, who is in an assisted living home © Instagram Ruth and her mum Joan, who is in an assisted living home

"My mother’s had the vaccine - if you’ve got a lateral flow test, PPE and the temperature check, the risk is so minimal compared with the risk of these people dying.

"I am watching my mother, sorry, I’m watching my mother die from a window," she said, breaking down in tears.

"I’m sorry to get so emotional, but it’s so frustrating because of the indecision of this government. I can’t work out what the government are saying half the time.

a person standing in front of a window: Ruth Langsford kissing her mum through a window © ITV Ruth Langsford kissing her mum through a window

"I think in years to come, we will look back at all these people in care homes, who can’t see their loved ones and they’ve gone downhill and we’ll think, how did we let this happen?

"It’s not just care homes, but they have no voice."

* Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12:30pm

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