- A couple that had been married for a whole amazing 53 years died minutes after each other
- They spent quite some time in their last moments being together as they had been throughout life
- Nurses joined Curtis and Betty's units so they could be close to each other
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An old man and his wife died like most people would love to, beside their better halves with their hands tightly clutching each other’s (God forbid though).
The husband, identified as Curtis Tarpley, and his wife, Betty, died from coronavirus within an hour from each other.
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According to CNN, the Illinois couple, who had been married for 53 years, died on Saturday, 18 June in a Texas hospital where they spent their last time together, holding hands.
Betty, 80, was admitted at hospital on Thursday, 9 June after testing positive for Covid-19, while hubby Curtis, 79, tested positive on the following Saturday and was admitted immediately.
The couple’s only son told CNN nurses had joined Curtis and Betty's units so they could spend some time together.
According to the son, his mother called him and his sister when her condition deteriorated and told them that she was ‘’ready to go".
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While the mum struggled with her condition so did their dad but his was so bad and fast that the children could not see him again after only two visits or so.
The couple’s son added that their parents seemed like they were communicating with their souls since they were incapacitated.
"I honestly think they were so incapacitated that all they could do was talk with their souls or something, a special unspoken language," the son said.
"They obviously knew each other well enough that they could communicate without words," he added.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that a local couple who had been married for 45 years left their family heartbroken when they both passed away only days apart from Covid-19.
Neville Herold died on the day his wife was buried and his daughter wrote a heartbreaking message on social media.
"Daddy you missed Mommy so much that you couldn't wait to be with her," she said, adding: "Daddy you left me too soon after Mommy, you didn't give me a chance to mourn Mom and you didn't allow me to say bye to you. But, I do understand your better half was no longer around."
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