A North Carolina couple died instantly separated from the coronavirus while holding hands.
Johnny Lee Peels, 67, and his wife, Cathy Darlene Peoples, died of the virus after a month-long battle with the infection on September 2 at a hospital in Salisbury, People reported.
As time went on, staff at Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center moved the couple to the same room so they could say goodbye to each other, their son Shane Peoples told WBTV.
“Everything just went south, everything just got worse,” he said. “The next day they were accommodated in the same room, the same intensive care unit, folded their arms, the nurses gathered around and walked within four minutes of each other.”
The couple had been together for 50 years and married for 48. Now Shane is left to deal with the loss of both parents at once. Their funeral took place outside on Wednesday, with participants following guidelines for social distancing.
“It was mainly fever and loss of taste,” Naples said, explaining his parents’ early symptoms. “My father started showing symptoms two days later. About two weeks later, they were both taken to the intensive care unit. “
Shane reportedly wrote a heartfelt Facebook post earlier in the week, writing: “My parents were not just a blessing to me, my brother, my sister, our husbands and our children. They were a blessing to everyone who met them. My mother had the most beautiful soul you could ever meet. “
He stressed to WBTV that the virus should be taken seriously and called on Facebook readers to wash their hands, practice social distancing and wear a mask.
“It’s not a joke. It’s not a scam,” People said. “I just don’t do it [want] someone else to get hurt. I do not [want] everyone to feel the sorrow we feel. “