A nurse lost custody of her five-year-old son after a court battle with her estranged husband after a court ruled that her work posed a health risk.
The court ruled that Cemile Deniz posed a health risk as she may contract coronavirus to save people’s lives.
As a result, they transferred custody of their son to his father, who works as a police officer.
The heroic 31-year-old works in the home health services department of the state hospital in the northern Turkish city of Ordu.
Cemile filed for divorce from Mehmet Atakan Deniz after seven years of marriage and had already received provisional custody of her son Kuzey until the court later confirmed this.
However, Mehmet complained that because of her high-risk job, the boy risked getting coronavirus from his mother.
His attorney told Ordu 2nd Family Court that he should receive custody as a result, saying, “The child’s mother is a nurse and is constantly going in and out of people’s homes. The child is due to the coronavirus -Pandemic at serious risk. “
The court agreed, saying: “Given the high risk of infection with the novel coronavirus, it was concluded that it is in the child’s interest to temporarily transfer custody of the father at this point.”
The court has allowed Cemile to see and stay with her son every other weekend until the case is closed and a final decision on custody is made.
The mother said: “We all take precautions against the coronavirus. The Ministry of Health gives me all of my equipment. Before going to a patient’s home, they will check to see if the residents of that home have COVID-19.
“Kuzey’s father is a police officer in Altinordu Township. His job is at higher risk than mine. “
Ayse Akbulut Cubukcu, head of the Samsun department of the Turkish Women’s Union, said: “It is very wrong to separate the child from the mother by taking advantage of the difficulties that health professionals are currently facing.
“This is going to be a bad example, and any health care worker who wants to get divorced must face it. This is also a prejudice against women. “