Heartbreaking photo of man thanking hospital staff who saved his wife's life

A touching photo of a man with a sick wife thanking hospital emergency room staff has captured the hearts of thousands of people online.

Allison S., a nurse from New Jersey, posted the image to her Instagram and Twitter on Wednesday (local time) - and it was quickly reposted on numerous other sites. 

A man can be seen standing at one of the hospital’s windows with a sign reading: “Thank you all in emergency for saving my wife’s life. I love you all”.

Allison said on Twitter the moment gave her “all the feels”.

“In triage the other day, I heard a knock on the window…this is what I saw,” she explained on Instagram.

The man is seen holding the sign through the window. Source: Allison S.

“This man knew he couldn’t come in but wanted to show some gratitude. I asked through the window if I could snap a pictured and he nodded.

“He had tears pouring down his face - I peeked out the door and asked him how his wife was - he said ‘great, she is going home today, you are all amazing’.”

Allison said she didn’t know the man or his wife. It is unknown if she was suffering from coronavirus.

“Throughout the last 13 years as a nurse, I realised, this is why we do it - times are tough but we make a difference. I love my team,” Allison wrote. 

Thousands of people took to the nurse’s social media to also thank her for her hard work.

“Thank you for your work and for sharing this photo that takes my breath away,” one woman said. 

“Thank you for all that you and your co-workers are doing! Thank you to all of our nation’s hard working, brave healthcare professionals,” another wrote.

“You are a hero and a rock star!!” one man chimed in.

US set to be new coronavirus epicentre

The US looks set to become the new epicentre of COVID-19 as its confirmed cases continue to rise exponentially, the World Health Organisation has warned.

Worldwide, the death toll climbed past 20,000, according to a running count kept by Johns Hopkins University. 

The number of dead in the US topped 900, with more than 60,000 infections.

New York State alone accounted for more than 30,000 cases and close to 300 deaths, most of them in New York City.

Commuters cross 42nd Street in front of Grand Central Terminal during morning rush hour, Monday, March 23, 2020, in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered most New Yorkers to stay home from work to slow the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

New York authorities have mobilised to head off a potential public health disaster in the city, with its emergence as the nation's biggest coronavirus hot spot a warning flare - and perhaps a cautionary tale - for the rest of the United States.

A makeshift morgue was set up outside Bellevue Hospital, and the city's police, their ranks dwindling as more fall ill, were told to patrol near empty streets to enforce social distancing.

Public health officials hunted down beds and medical equipment and put out a call for more doctors and nurses for fear the number of sick will explode in a matter of weeks, overwhelming hospitals as has happened in Italy and Spain. 

with AAP

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