When she looked outside, Kelly saw Albert sitting behind his van with a sign that simply read, “I can’t be with you but I’m here.” It also included a drawing of a heart along with a “thank you” to the hospital’s staff.
“It immediately brought tears to my eyes and I felt a love for him right then in that moment, that he would do that for me,” Kelly said.
“I think I kind of gasped and the nurse turned around and said, ‘What’s wrong?’ And then she saw I was looking out the window and she looked out and started to tear up too,” she added.
Albert said a few nurses even came outside to thank him for his kind gesture and message.
“A few of them said I was the reason that they come to work,” he recalled. “The attention made me uncomfortable but it made me feel good and was very touching.”
While the couple said they were initially disappointed to hear the news of the hospital’s visitor restrictions, they understood why it was in place.
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“When you just reflect on everything and think about all the nurses and doctors and other patients, it makes perfect sense,” Albert said. “You really can’t argue it. You just have to support it any way you can.”
As of now, Kelly plans to be finished with chemotherapy in May. The family is holding on to hope that the pandemic will have slowed by then so they can be there with her at the last appointment.
There are now at least 395,090 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, the most worldwide, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
At least 12,786 people in the U.S. have died from coronavirus-related illness.
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