A video of an elderly couple saying goodbye to each other as they allegedly suffer from the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The video, which first emerged on Douyin (China’s TikTok), shows the couple holding each other’s hands while hooked on contraptions in their hospital beds.
The couple can be seen locking their eyes on each other as the wife struggles to breathe.
“What does a couple mean? Two elderly patients of coronavirus in their 80s said goodbye in ICU,” claims Jiang Wei, spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Panama, who reposted the video on Twitter. “This could be the last time [for them] to meet and greet [sic].”
The scene took place at an intensive care unit in Xindu No.3 People’s Hospital in Chengdu, Sichuan province on Jan. 30, according to Red Star Video.
“In this life, maybe I’ll never see her again,” the husband, identified as Zhang, told his children. “I want to see her.”
Zhang, 85, was reportedly admitted to the hospital on Jan. 16 due to coronary heart disease, chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD) and lung cancer with bone metastasis.
His wife, Wen, who originally suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, was reportedly admitted the following day after struggling to breathe and suddenly fainting.
Despite efforts to resuscitate her, Wen remained unconscious. This prompted Zhang to request seeing her.
“Knowing the status of the patients, we realized this may be the last chance for them to meet,” their doctors said, according to the Beijing-Tianjin Network. “We wanted to do our best to realize the grandfather’s [Zhang’s] wishes.”
Due to their conditions, Zhang was only able to hold Wen’s hand for a few minutes. However, Wen, who was still barely responsive, grabbed Zhang’s bed pole as they were about to be separated, according to Sina News.
Wen eventually passed away the following day, Jan. 31. Zhang remains in the hospital for treatment.
Whether the couple truly suffered from coronavirus — as the reposted video on Twitter claims — is unclear.
Nevertheless, people offered sympathies in their heartbreaking moment:
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