Nurses treat 'inseparable' elderly couple hospitalized with COVID-19 to sweet dinner date


With the right company, even a dinner date in the hospital can be romantic.

93-year-old Frank Martinez and 86-year-old Mansako “Terry” Martinez have been married for 63-years and were inseparable.

When they contracted COVID-19 and were separated and placed in different areas of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in O'Fallon, Illinois to be treated, it took a toll on them.

According to KMOV, a family member mentioned that the World War II and Vietnam vet and his wife heavily depended on each other, so the nurses brainstormed a way to get them back together.

What did they come up with? A “dinner date” that allowed the couple to see each other, hold hands, and enjoy a meal.

“Colleagues at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital have seen firsthand how the safety precautions and visitor guidelines have affected patients this entire year during the pandemic,” the hospital wrote on Facebook alongside a photo of the couple’s heartwarming reunion.

"Just as they have done for so many years," the hospital added, noting that nurses Hannah Schlemer and Kim Presson spearheaded the effort.

The post triggered plenty of positive comments with one user noting: “What a heartfelt example of care and compassion.”

Hospitals have seen an overwhelming number of patients being admitted, but Covid Tracking Project noted on Friday that the “number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 is below 90k for the first time since November 27.”

As of Friday, 88,668 people have been hospitalized with the novel virus, with 124,000 cases.

Adults 65 and older and those with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19.

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