Nurse loses custody of son, 5, after court rules her job is a coronavirus risk
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A nurse has lost custody of her five-year-old son following a court battle with her estranged husband after a court ruled her job is a health risk.
The court ruled Cemile Deniz is a health risk due to the chances of her contracting coronavirus as she battles to save people's lives.
As a result they have given primary custody of her son to his dad – who works as a policeman.
The heroic 31-year-old works in the State Hospital Home Health Services unit in northern Turkish city of Ordu.
Cemile filed for divorce against Mehmet Atakan Deniz after seven years of marriage and had already been given provisional custody of their son Kuzey pending later confirmation by the court.
However, Mehmet complained that the boy risked catching coronavirus from his mum because of her high-risk job.
Cemile Deniz with her son Kuzey
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His lawyer told the Ordu 2nd Family Court that he should be given custody as result, saying: "The child's mother is an ambulance nurse and constantly goes in and out of people’s houses, the child is under serious risk due to the coronavirus pandemic."
The court agreed, saying: "Considering the high contagiousness of the novel coronavirus, it has been concluded that it will be in the child’s best interests to give temporary custody to the father at this stage."
The 31-year-old is allowed to see her son every other weekend
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The court has allowed Cemile to see her son every other weekend and for that to remain in place until the case is concluded and a final decision on custody is made.
The mum said: “We all take precautions against the coronavirus. The Ministry of Health gives me all my equipment. Before going to a patient's house, it is checked whether those living in that house have COVID-19.
“Kuzey's father is a police officer in the municipality of Altinordu. His job is at higher risk than mine."
Ayse Akbulut Cubukcu, head of the Samsun branch of the Turkish Women's Union, said: “It is very wrong to separate the child from the mother by taking advantage of the difficulties healthcare professionals are facing right now.
“This will set a bad example and every healthcare worker who wants to divorce will have to face this. This is also prejudice against women."