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Disabled woman kept in isolation and ordered to pay hotel bill

Karolina Juszcyk waving from a hotel window
Karolina Juszcyk waving from a hotel window Image credit:

A mum from Alloa, Scotland has been forced to pay her time self-isolating in an expensive hotel after she went to Poland for urgent medical treatment.

When Karolina Juszczyk touched down at Edinburgh Airport earlier last week she was whisked away to the nearby Hilton for 10 days and fork out the £1,750 reservation fee.

The 36-year-old mum-of-three has already received her Covid-19 vaccination because of her ‘complex’ condition which brings on severe migraines.

She flew to her home country of Poland on January 18 to by seen by neurological specialists and planned to see her family waiting at the Scottish airport on her return, but she was told to go straight into isolation.

Juszcyk told the Daily Record: “The quarantine hotel cost is very high for a family like mine. I’m a carer but off sick at the moment and my husband is a self-employed handyman.

“I’m on benefits due to my disability and can’t afford this cost. I’d never have left Poland if I knew this would happen.

“I need someone to look after me and can’t be on my own. My condition affects my balance and eyesight.”

Juszcyk’s neurologist Dr Peter Connick has written to the Home Office and the Scottish Government backing her plea to go back home.

Karolina Juszcyk has lived in Scotland for the past 16 years as a UK citizen.