After 64 years together, David and Sondra Zorn were able to spend their last moments in the hospital with COVID-19 in their arms.
David, 89, and Sondra, 83, died a few days apart earlier this month after being taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital from complications from the coronavirus, the family said.
The couple’s daughter, Deanna Wilkins, said that although the family was devastated by the loss, there was solace in knowing that David and Sondra “were put in the same room and held hands for seconds. their last minute.”
“It is a story about love; it’s a story of commitment; Wilkins said.
Deanna shared a touching photo of her parents holding hands on a hospital bed, with them holding hands on the couple’s wedding day.
Zorns’ nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, Erin Stafford, said she keeps the photo nearby and sees it as a reminder that the pair were able to be together in their final days.
“I will remember this despite being very sad because we helped them stay together and hold hands and say goodbye,” Stafford said. “I have this photo to help me get through bad cases, to remind me why I became a nurse.”
Unlike much of 2020 and part of 2021, Stafford says many hospitals can now allow patients to see at least one or two visitors to say goodbye to loved ones.
“We’re glad we were able to honor them, honor both patients and honor the family so they can stay together and say goodbye during these difficult times,” Stafford said.
David and Sondra lived in Lombard for 55 years before buying a townhouse in Bellwood, Wilkins said. The couple has collected Coca-Cola and will be going to the annual convention with their children.
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