A North Carolina couple who had been married for 48 years died last week only minutes apart from one another while hospitalized with COVID-19.
Johnny Lee Peoples, 67, and Cathy Darlene Peoples, 65, passed away on September 2 after being rushed to Novant Health Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
“They were married 48 years, been together 50, they walked hand in hand for those 50 years,” their son, Shane Peoples, told local news station WBTV.
He added that both of his parents contracted the coronavirus about a month ago, with his mother first showing symptoms just days before she was scheduled to retire.
“It was mainly the fever and loss of taste,” Peoples said. “My dad starting showing symptoms two days later. About two weeks later they were both put in the ICU. Everything just went south, everything just got worse.”
He said that once they knew that his parents’ time was limited, the staff at the hospital did what they could to help the two stay together.
“The next day they put them in the same room, same ICU room, they put their hands together, the nurses gathered around and they passed within four minutes of each other,” Peoples said.
The family held a socially-distanced funeral on Wednesday.
“It’s not a joke. It’s not a hoax,” Peoples said of COVID-19. “I just don’t anyone else to get hurt. I don’t anyone to feel the grief that we’re feeling.”
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