Key worker from Wiltshire lives in shed to protect six-year-old daughter with life-limiting condition from coronavirus

A key worker dad from Wiltshire has moved into the garden shed to protect his vulnerable six-year-old daughter from coronavirus.

Carmela Chillery-Watson from Market Lavington has muscular dystrophy, a rare and life-limiting condition.

Her father, Darren, works as a delivery driver. Part of his job in the current pandemic is to pick up coronavirus samples for testing.

Carmela has just turned 6-years-old, and had to celebrate in self-isolation. Credit: Family picture

He's currently living in the family's garden shed while Carmela can self-isolate with her mum to protect herself from contracting Covid-19.

Darren is just one of the thousands of key workers who are making huge sacrifices to protect their loved ones from the virus while ensuring essential services can continue to operate.

The duo have shared their incredibly heartwarming way of staying in touch with one another during the lockdown.

Both Carmela and her mum, Lucy, have received a huge amount of help from their local community.

They have delivered food, medicine and even made sure Carmela was able to celebrate her 6th birthday in these unprecedented times.

People living with muscular dystrophy are more vulnerable when it comes to getting coronavirus, so have been instructed to self-isolate.

Rob Burley, from Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: "It's really important that if you have muscular dystrophy you consider yourself to be at high risk and you practice social shielding."

He continued: "Care visits are still possible as long as you take precautions with your carers."

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