Hospital staffers went above and beyond to do something special for this charming pair of lovebirds.
Tom and Arnisteen Clark of Fayetteville, Georgia have been married for 68 years. In all that time, they were only apart when Tom served in the Korean War, and it's safe to say it would take another Korean War to split them up now. So when they were both admitted to Piedmont Fayette Hospital within a few days of each other, it's only natural that they'd want to be in the same room.
But there was a problem: they were both on the orthopedic surgical floor, which only has single rooms. The fact that they were on the same floor, but confined to beds apart from each other, was too much for them. As hospital social media specialist Charlsie Niemiec told ABC News, "It was clearly breaking their hearts."
Luckily, the people at Piedmont know when to throw out the rule book. Hospital manager Tina Mann made special arrangements for Tom to have unprecedented visiting privileges. Niemiec explained:
“One our managers, Tina, got some help with the clinical staff to go above and beyond to get special visitation rights. He was able to sit there with her for a few hours every single day.”
Who would have thought that after 68 years, this married couple would have a meet cute? I didn't think it was possible, but I was wrong. Tom was overjoyed. According to the hospital's Facebook post, he said:
"I just can’t be away from her, she’s the finest woman in the world.”
If you're not saying "aw" right now, you might want to check yourself for lockjaw. That Facebook post has gone viral in the past few days, racking up more than 11,000 likes and 2,600 shares. The Internet can't get enough of the love between this 96-year-old Romeo and his 92-year-old Juliet.
Tom and Arnisteen have since been released from the hospital and sent to a rehab facility. Let's hope they get well soon, and enjoy many more years of never leaving each other's sight, not even to go to the bathroom.