If love stories make you cry, then you might want to grab a tissue.
A hospital reunited a man and his wife and the moving story of the love shared between Tom and Arnisteen Clark is quickly going viral. A doctor and his staff at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Georgia went as far as they could for a special elderly couple, and they went out of their way to make sure Tom was able to visit his wife, Time magazine reports.
The couple’s story went viral after it was published on Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Facebook wall. The following passage accompanied a photo of the husband and his wife.
“Fayetteville residents Tom and Arnisteen Clark have been married for 68 years. The only time they have been apart during their marriage is when Tom, an Army veteran, was stationed in Korea. This made their stay in different rooms in the hospital very difficult for them, so Tina Mann, Manager, Orthopedics Medical-Surgical 4, with help from the clinical staff, went above and beyond to make a special arrangement for Tom, 96, to visit his wife, in her room. Overcome with joy, he wept as he described the deep love he has for Arnisteen, 92. ‘I just can’t be away from her, she’s the finest woman in the world.’ Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for the Clarks and many more happy years together.”
As explained in the above text, Tom Clark, 96, and his wife, Arnisteen, 92, have been married for almost 70 years. The only time they have been separated was during the Korean War, when Tom went to the battlefront.
A few days ago, when both were admitted to the hospital, they were placed in separate rooms. Because Tom and Arnisteen suffer from different complications, the longtime couple were not hospitalized in the same ward and, despite being in the same hospital, they were unable to see each other.
Failing to be together was very difficult for the nearly century-old couple, so that’s when Tina Mann, orthopedic floor manager, stepped in. According to ABC 13, she made special arrangements for the two to occupy a single room.
My Fox Atlanta reports that Tom was “overcome with joy” and cried when he saw his 92-year-old wife. When the two got back together, Tom burst into tears when telling the nurses how much he loves his wife.
“He wept as he described the deep love he has for Arnisteen,” a staff member said.
Tom said he can’t stand to be away from her.
“She’s the finest woman in the world,” Tom told the hospital staff.
Tom and Arnisteen remain hospitalized, but spend most of their time together, according to hospital staff. A hospital representative said they intend to keep the two nonagenarians in contact with each other as much as possible.
Doctors and nurses said they expect both to make a full recovery soon, so they can continue to enjoy many more years together.
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