Parents reunited with deafblind daughter after four months

Cheryl Cox can only communicate by touch, which means staying in contact during full lockdown was impossible.

Most of us have been able to keep in touch with our loved ones during lockdown over the phone or by video call.

But for one family, it wasn’t that easy.

Cheryl Cox, 41, was born deafblind and the only way she can communicate with her parents is through touch.

STV News filmed the emotional moment she was reunited with her parents after spending more than four months apart due to the pandemic.

Cheryl’s dad Roy said: “I’ve found it strange and stressful, not being able to see Cheryl, and touch her more than anything else, has been horrible.”

Roy and his wife Liz are founding members of Sense Scotland – a charity which supports people deafblindness and other disabilities.

Liz said: “Contact and communication for Cheryl is the main thing.

“When you touch her, she knows you are and she can sign. She has her own signs for us.”

Cheryl has her own flat in Glasgow, where she receives round-the-clock care.

Roy said: “If you’re a parent and you’ve got someone that severely disabled you just have this inner feeling, I do anyway, that I can never do enough.

“I want do more all the while, I want to be with her all the while too.”

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