90-Year-Old Husband Risks Life To Say Goodbye To Wife Dying Of COVID

Jul 31st, 2020

The world continues to struggle with the effects being brought about by COVID-19. And as the days go by, the virus continues to take a human toll. While many were able to win against the battle with the virus, others were not so lucky.

The elderly and those who are immuno-compromised are the most vulnerable to the disease. One of them is JoAnn Reck.

JoAnn had to spend the last four months in her nursing home as she was battling with COVID-19 three weeks ago. Since the state placed a ban on visitors at nursing home residents, JoAnn’s husband of 30 years, Sam Reck of Lakeland, Florida, had to live without his wife for a couple of months.

During these months, the couple was nicknamed the “Romeo and Juliet” of the said nursing home because Sam would sit on his second-floor apartment balcony and JoAnn who had been using her stroller would talk to him from the garden below. This is the only way that they would see each other in person.

Even though they are not able to physically touch each other, they know that seeing that their other half is doing fine, they would have peace of mind.

However, JoAnn’s health did not improve. She only got worse by the day. And when it came the time when 90-year-old Sam needed to say goodbye to his loving wife, it was a heartbreaking moment not only for the couple but for everyone who witnessed it. Everything was caught on camera and this short video is going all across the internet.

Tears filled the room when Sam arrived at the nursing home in full protective gear. Everyone knew why he was there – to say goodbye to JoAnn.

During an interview with Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS, JoAnns’ son, Scott Hooper shared that his mother was diagnosed with dementia about a year ago. Then they suspected that she contracted COVID-19 when she developed a fever, cough, and fatigue. He said, “COVID was hitting her so hard and so fast.

Anyone who has dealt with it knows what I am talking about because they don’t always remember you or know the situation they’re in or they think something weird is happening and you try to tell them it’s not. ”

Talking about Sams’ visit Hooper said, “Here’s this 90-year-old man, he did risk his life to go see my mom, but that was his choice, that’s his freedom to do that. He knew what he was risking.”

Even though visitors are still prohibited from hospitals, exceptions are made especially for end-of-life matters. And as the couple embraced for the last time, Hooper said that everyone was teary-eyed. He said, “It was my wife who recorded the video and I remember everyone in the room was crying. I remember looking at my wife, she was crying so hard, she could barely hold the camera. It was a very emotional moment.”

In the video that JoAnns’, Sam can be seen sitting next to JoAnns’ bed, squeezing her hand. He said, “I’m finally getting to hold your hand after all these months.” Sam knew that by being close to JoAnn who is COVID-19 positive, he is also risking his own life. But Sam didn’t care. He wanted to be by her side for one last time before JoAnn passed away.

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In the video that JoAnns’, Sam can be seen sitting next to JoAnns’ bed, squeezing her hand. He said, “I’m finally getting to hold your hand after all these months.” Sam knew that by being close to JoAnn who is COVID-19 positive, he is also risking his own life. But Sam didn’t care. He wanted to be by her side for one last time before JoAnn passed away.