As a result, Fiona had to travel back home to Ireland, but was unable to take George with her at the time and decided to leave him with a neighbor. Fiona planned on returning to Sydney as soon as she recovered - but her health issues were more pressing than she realized, and so she had to remain in Ireland.
Meanwhile, George remained in Australia, with no idea why his mom had left him or when she would return to him. Fiona thought that even if she couldn't be with George just yet, at the very least, he was fed and sheltered.
Soon, she found out that was far from the case.