By Maria Immaculate Owechi
An Italian couple that is battling with COVID-19 has celebrated its anniversary while in Intensive care.
The celebration took place in Murri hospital located in the municipality of Fermo, Marche in Italy.
Giancarlo,71 and Sandra, 73 were admitted confined in the same hospital were they slept next to each other. However, this did not stop them from bonding during their anniversary celebration even though they couldn’t face each other and were breathing with the help of ventilators.
According to Daily Mail, a nurse named Roberta Ferretti found out about the couple’s anniversary and decided to organise a small party with other medical officials.
Ferretti revealed that “Sandra cried a lot, not for herself, she worried about her husband. Giancarlo also told me how much he still loved her after so many years. When I found out that it was their anniversary, I thought they had to celebrate it.”
The nurse further revealed that they put the 50 candles on a small cake, ” Because you cannot light it near oxygen, we played the wedding march instrumental for them.”
Ferretti said that when they pushed Giancarlo’s bed next to his wife’s, as soon as he was close to her, he stretched his hand to hold hers.
“They clutched onto each other without looking at one another’s face,” she said.
Ferretti added that it was an amazing moment as Giancarlo kept on repeating how much he loved his wife.
“We broke into tears. As in you could feel the love you chase your whole life in the air,” she revealed. “Those minutes alone paid for all the sacrifice we have made these days.”
The party is reported to have lasted for 10 minutes and the staff in full protective gear can be seen in one of the pictures surrounding the couple while making love hearts with their hands.
Afterwards, the photos were sent to the couple’s two children who were thankful to the hospital staff.
They said,” We have received a fantastic gift. Our parents were born to be together, they are an old fashioned couple, those which do not exist anymore.”
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Italy stands at 159,516 cases, and 20,465 deaths. It is heartwarming to know that people can still find meaning in their lives and have something to celebrate for even as they battle with the deadly COVID-19.