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China evacuee will celebrate first birthday in quarantine

Posted at 11:00 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 00:41:28-05

CAMP ASHLAND, Neb. — Tyler, Yang Meng and Neal Shepherd are under quarantine at Camp Ashland, Nebraska. They had traveled through Wuhan, and decided it was the safest choice for their family to come to the United States.

Tyler is from California and moved to China three years ago. His family had to spend about two weeks locked down at his in-law's home outside Wuhan.

"We knew there was this virus going on but we didn't know it would go up so quickly and escalate to the point where we were literally in lockdown."

They worked with the US Embassy to get a visa for Yang Meng and the proper paperwork for Neal who is a US citizen because of his father. They say although it's been a lot of travel filled with anxiety, they consider it a godsend that they are now safe in Nebraska.

Tyler said ATMs were locked down as they tried to leave Wuhan and this has been an unexpected financial hit for his family. The flight out of China was $1100 per passenger.

They have set up a GoFundMe page to help with their expenses.

From here, they plan to go to California. Tyler's family has not yet met Neal who will turn 1-year-old on Tuesday.

Tyler said everyone has been helpful at Camp Ashland, and they expect to have cake for the big day.

You can watch the full FaceTime interview here.

No one staying at Camp Ashland has shown any signs for Coronavirus.