Why this family of 5 feels the need to self-quarantine

Posted at 8:50 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 08:56:55-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. -- The Pontious family in Colonial Heights has self-quarantined for their own safety.

The family of five has reason to be concerned about their health.

"We won't be inviting anyone into our home and we won't be going anywhere," mom Niki Pontious said. "[Her husband] Adam was in a coma for two and a half months, [her son] Christian was in ICU for 90 days post transplant."

Adam lost his spleen 12 years ago after an accident.

He now has a compromised immune system.

He and Niki became concerned he could bring something home from work or just being out in public, so they made the decision to stay inside.

"I don't want to put them in jeopardy by going to work, I'd rather have them healthy than have more money," Adam said.

Son Christian underwent a liver transplant three years ago. He is on immune suppression medication.

The family is adamant they're not scared.

"We're just trying to be careful," Niki said. "We want to make sure we do our part to make sure we don't get it."

Kierston, 11, said the realization there was danger came when her dance class canceled. A few days later, her mom explained why the family wasn't leaving the house.

"Yeah, because Christian could get sick and like just having the flu could put him in the hospital, so you know this whole Corona thing," the sixth grader said.

The family has enough essentials to last a few weeks and family nearby if they run low, self-quarantined isn't extreme they say, with so much at stake.

"They both fought really hard, just to live and we don't want the coronavirus to be the thing to take them out," Niki said.