I’M A Celebrity star Ruthie Henshall tearfully said ‘I am watching my mother die through a window’ on today’s Loose Women.
The West End star’s dementia-stricken mum Gloria, 87, lives in a care home and her condition has deteriorated dramatically during lockdown.
Ruthie said in a matter of months her mum lost the ability to walk, talk and is struggling to eat.
Speaking to Ruth Langsford, Janet Street-Porter and Kelle Bryan, she cried: “I am watching my mother die through a window. I’m sorry to get so emotional. It’s so frustrating.
“I can’t work out what the government are saying half the time. In years to come we will look back on this, on all people in care homes who can’t see loved ones, that have gone down hill, and will think ‘how did we let this happen?'”
Back in the studio Ruth, whose own mum is in care, was visibly moved.
Ruthie has criticised the government’s handling of care homes during the pandemic and has called for it to be made illegal for homes to ban visits.
She has only recently been able to see her mum through a window after Gloria was moved to a new room in her care home.
“I’m shocked and devastated by the shell of a woman I see,” said the star.
Around the time she was preparing to do I’m A Celeb last October, the government introduced a rule where care home residents could only have one visitor from behind a screen.
Her sister Susan was their mum’s designated visitor, leaving the Olivier-Award winning unable to see her face to face.
Ruth Langsford previously said of the actress’s plight: “This is very close to my heart as my mum has not been out of her care home since March.”
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She continued: “The biggest concern for lots of people is if they die and you haven’t actually held them.
“I’ve seen my mum through a window, I phone her all the time but I haven’t physically touched her.”
However, she went on to insist that she “absolutely understands” why care homes have the ban in place, but shared her hope that it could change once her mum is fully vaccinated.