‘It was a huge blessing’
Knowing that it would be their last chance to speak to their father, siblings from Denmark, Texas, North Carolina and upstate New York decided to join in a farewell phone call – that lasted 30 hours – with their dad.
Abby Adair Reinhard, like many others who have lost loved ones to Covid-19, was unable to be with her father during his last moments, CNN reports.
However, a nurse was kind enough to offer to hold the hospital telephone to Don Adair’s ear for him to have a final conversation with his four children.
Although the 76-year-old, who was a business lawyer that helped people with their start-up businesses, couldn't talk, his children were able hear him breathe as an indication that he was listening
“It was a huge blessing,” Abby said.
“It allowed me to have some sort of closure. I was able to say what I needed to say, knowing it was the end, and even though I couldn't see him and I couldn't hold his hand, having that connection over the phone was incredibly valuable.”
Being on the phone for longer than 24 hours, the siblings would at times fall asleep, but would quickly wake up and say, "We love you, Dad, we're here for you, Dad", Abby added.
They could hear the suffering of their father, who was at a hospital in Rochester, New York. "But just hearing him breathe, was like our connection to him and how we knew he was still alive.”
Don passed away on 7 April, an hour after the call with his children ended.
Abby said this experience made her realise that “it's about family and it's about love”.
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