A mother who spent months on a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean has given birth to three babies with no external support.
Caroline McCall, who lives on the island of Lao Dao in the South China Sea, said her husband had not had a single medical appointment since April.
“We had to spend a lot of time away from home because of the typhoon.
We were forced to sleep on the beach for three days.”
After the third day I started having some pain in my belly.
I couldn’t even go to the toilet.
“Then the second day, the doctors came.
They found the pain in the belly was caused by a urinary tract infection.”
I went to the hospital and I went in for antibiotics.
They gave me painkillers and painkillers, and it was a very, very painful day,” she said.
Carolyn McCall with her son, Leo, two months old.
I feel he’s a little bit in shock, and I feel like I’m the one who should be the one to comfort him, because he needs to be in touch with the world.””
I feel really sorry for him.
I feel he’s a little bit in shock, and I feel like I’m the one who should be the one to comfort him, because he needs to be in touch with the world.”
Mr McCall said he had tried to give Leo to a local adoption agency but the agency refused to take him because it was worried he would be put down by his family.
“At the moment, Leo is living in my bedroom, so he can’t go out,” he said.
“He’s still in the same room, which means he’s not sleeping, and he can be heard crying and crying.”
Caroline says Leo’s family has not been able to come to terms with their loss.
“They’ve had no contact for six months.
I think I’ve been living in a very dark place. “
It’s been a difficult time.
I think I’ve been living in a very dark place.
It’s hard for me to come out.”
This is why I’m here.
I don’t know what else to do.
“This is not the way I want to live my life.”
Mr McClairs is a registered nurse with a clinical focus on mental health and addiction.
He was diagnosed with a mental illness in 2008 and has been living with mental health issues since then.
“People who have been diagnosed with mental illness or substance use disorders are often very isolated,” he says.
“They’re isolated because they’re unable to get help from people or organisations, so they don’t get support from the community.”
If you don’t have support in the community, you can be very vulnerable.
“It’s very difficult for a family like mine, who have two kids and two grandkids.
We don’t understand the issues.
We’re still in denial about our situation.”
There’s nothing we can do.
It is impossible to talk to our children about mental health.
“We’re not prepared to be able to talk about it.”
Carolyn and Leo’s mother, Cari, was diagnosed in 2009 with a mood disorder.
“She came to me with the diagnosis,” Carolyn said.
“And I was just in shock.
I felt so hopeless.”
Carolin and Leo have been together for eight years and have two more children.
“When we started our family, we didn’t know anything about mental illness,” she says.
“Our parents didn’t really know anything.
I saw Leo get better and become a happier person. “
As time went on, they started showing a bit more understanding.
I saw Leo get better and become a happier person.
That’s what makes us happy.”