An elderly Italian couple with coronavirus celebrated their wedding anniversary in intensive care after doctors arranged for them to be together.
Sandra, 71, and her husband Giancarlo, 73, held hands on the bed with ventilators on their faces at Murri Hospital in the municipality of Fermo, in the Marche region.
Roberta Ferretti, a resuscitation nurse at the hospital, discovered that the couple was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and worked with the other doctors to organize a party.
Ferretti told local media, “Sandra cried a lot, not for herself, she was worried about her husband. He told me how much he still loves him after so many years. When I found out it was their birthday, I thought they should celebrate it.
The touching celebration took place at Murri Hospital in the municipality of Fermo, in the Italian region of East Marche, where Sandra, 71, and her husband Giancarlo, 73, were being treated for COVID-19
Roberta Ferretti, a resuscitation nurse at the hospital, discovered that the couple had to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and worked with the other staff members to organize a party
The party only lasted 10 minutes and in the photos, staff in full protective gear can be seen surrounding the couple and making love with their hands.
Roberta Ferretti, the nurse who organized the party with her colleagues
Ferretti added, “We put the 50 candles on a cupcake because you can’t light it near the oxygen, we played the Wedding Walk, they had their beds together and they held hands, with the little strength they still had.
“It was an incredible moment, very beautiful, these minutes alone pay us for all the sacrifice we have made these days. He kept repeating how much he loved her, we burst into tears. In the air, you could feel the love you have been chasing all your life. “
Lusisanna Cola, head of the intensive care unit, said. “I encourage my co-operators to always see the person and the patient and to use their identity and their history as a support for their recovery. Sometimes a miracle happens, like in this case. ”
The couple’s children, named Gianluca and Andrea, reportedly received the photo of the celebration and thanked the hospital staff, saying, “We have received a fantastic gift.
“Our parents were born to be together, it’s an old-fashioned couple, those who no longer exist.”
Local media reports that couple have been released from resuscitation and are believed to be released together
Local media reports that the couple have been released from resuscitation and are believed to be released together.
Nurse Ferretti said, “I really hope people will stay at home.”
According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, Italy has registered 159,516 cases of COVID-19, with 20,465 deaths.