THE grandmother of a 16-year-old who has lupus and is quarantined for her own protection, claims she trawled numerous ‘out of stock’ chemists in Alicante before being charged €3,80 for a single mask.
Araceli Uceda told Spanish newspaper, Informacion, that after an unsuccessful search through pharmacies in Alicante and San Vicente, she evenutally found a chemist with the protective masks in stock.
She said she asked for a whole box, explaining her grandaughter’s auto-immune disease, but was told she could only buy one, as they were ‘rationing for the coronavirus’.
The furious grandmother explained the teenager needs masks for a month, or she will not be able to leave the house.
She also expressed disgust at ‘the excessive price for an item that is becoming a necessity’.
The teenager spent 10 days in the ICU last May with lung and kidney damage, and her family has been advised to keep isolated.