A couple who were separated for more than 200 days due to the Covid pandemic have tearfully reunited, with the heart-warming moment captured in a touching video.
Joseph and Eve have been married for 60 years, though due to the pandemic, the elderly couple were unable to see each other for 215 days, with the exception of a few window visits.
The couple are residing at Rosecastle at Delaney Creek in the US state of Florida - an assisted living home - and the tearful reunion was uploaded to the home’s Facebook page.
“We got to witness these two resident love birds see and hug each other for the first time since the pandemic,” the Rosecastle at Delany Creek’s Facebook post said.
“Get your tissues out!”
The post explains Joseph was in rehab following a surgery when his wife became a resident at Rosecastle, though the pandemic prevented the two from seeing each other while Joseph was recovering.
“With just phone calls and a few window visits - they persevered,” the post said.
In the video, Joseph is in a wheelchair wearing a mask, being wheeled through the assisted living home.
“And somebody’s waiting,” someone is heard saying off camera, eluding to his wife, Eve.
“Who’s waiting for him over here?”
Joseph appears to be tearing up in the video as it pans to Eve, who is sitting at a table. Someone off camera gets Eve’s attention by telling her somebody was there to see her.
“Look Miss Eve, who’s here?” the person off camera says.
Eve looks up from the table to see her husband, completely shocked.
“Oh my God,” she says putting down her pen, with a nurse helping her up so she can embrace her husband.
“I sure missed you,” Joseph says, crying behind his face mask.
The two, overwhelmed by emotion, finally hug for the first time in seven months while Joseph tells Eve he loves her.
“I didn’t think I would ever get over here,”Joseph says.
“You’re alright, I love you so much. For sixty years I’ve done something right.”
The assisted living home was surprised when the video went viral, attracting the attention of local news stations.
Speaking to ABC World News Tonight, the life enrichment coordinator at Rosecastle, Clary Abreu said Eve was very excited to see her husband, who she met at an ice skating rink while at high school.
“[Eve] was so excited that she paced probably all night and she sat out in the dining room waiting for him,” she said.
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