A US hospital worker spoke about holding his mobile phone in front of a dying man so his wife could celebrate their anniversary with him a month early shortly before he died.
The couple had apparently been planning anniversary dinner next month, and instead she ended up saying what she wanted to say via a mobile phone linkup as he lay dying in his hospital bed.
The sad story was told by male nurse Tanner Hulin who works at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.
He lives in Indianapolis, in Indiana and said: “Last night I held my phone so a wife could FaceTime her husband as he passed from COVID complications.
“She talked to him like none of us were in the room.”
He said the couple would have been on their anniversary date dinner next month. Instead FaceTime was all she had left.
He said: “She told him all the things she was going to miss without him there and thanked him for being the best husband and father. Although he couldn’t respond, you could see in his eyes he knew her voice. I hate this virus. I hate that families must grieve in isolation. I hate the brokenness in our world and I desperately want all things to be made new.”
He also called for more social responsibility.
He said: “I firmly believe that experience shapes opinion. I think this is part of the reason people can hold such strong, polar beliefs about a topic because everyone has drastically different experiences. I’ve heard a lot of adamant opinions swirling around COVID. Some with personal experience but mostly those reiterating news releases and social media posts.
“Please consider your neighbors, friends, and family before airing your opinion. COVID is no joke. My hope for you is that staying home would seem like a small price to pay to minimize the numbers of families who can’t hold their loved ones hand as they die.
“That staying home would seem like a small price to pay for the widow who must grieve alone tonight. That staying home would seem like a small price to pay to protect those who are vulnerable. That you would rethink posting your opinion that this thing is “blown way out of proportion.
“I can assure you there are people all over the world whose worlds are standing still right now. How hurtful and careless must these opinions sound to them.”
The medic from the Methodist Hospital then finished with a quote from the Bible John 13:34 saying: “that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
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