WATCH: 88-year-old man uses bucket truck to see wife in nursing home during lockdown

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When Nick reached Marion’s window, he pulled out a card that read “I love you, sweetheart”. (Photo: Facebook/Christopher J Avtges)
When Nick reached Marion’s window, he pulled out a card that read “I love you, sweetheart”. (Photo: Facebook/Christopher J Avtges)

Love continues to conquer all amid the coronavirus crisis.

And that’s exactly what Nick Avtges (88) from Massachusetts in the US is proving after he visited his wife Marion (85), who’s in a nursing home, using a bucket truck, Independent reports.

The couple who’ve been together for 61 years have never spent a day apart even after Marion went to live in a nursing home in 2019. Her devoted husband would visit her everyday day and spend every moment by her side until it was time for him to go home.

But due to the rise in Covid-19 cases, many nursing homes prohibited visits in a bid to reduce exposure of the elderly to the virus and that meant Nick couldn’t see his wife anymore.

While the precautions were put in place to save lives it also kept the couple apart which created emotional turmoil not just for them but for their family as well.

This was when their family came up with the innovative idea of using a bucket truck to reunite the pair, DailyMail reports.

After getting permission from the nursing home administrator, the family parked a bucket truck outside the facility where Nick’s son, Chris Avtges, strapped in his dad. Nick, wearing a facemask, was hoisted up three-storeys to the window where his beloved awaited him.

When Nick reached Marion’s window, he pulled out a card that read “I love you, sweetheart”.

“That was the first time he saw her face to face in weeks,” Chris said.

“When he got up there, they kind of put their hands on the screen of the window. At that point, I teared up,” he added.

But for Nick, being reunited with his wife, even if it was behind a window and for a short while, warmed his heart even though Marion worried about his safety.

“When I got up there, she said, ‘It’s dangerous. Get back down again.’ I asked, ‘How much do you love me?’ She said, ‘More than you know,’” Nick said, recalling their intimate moment.

The couple chatted for about 20 minutes before saying their goodbyes.

“They could’ve lifted me 10 stories and it wouldn’t have bothered me. As long as I got to see her. I was just anxious to see her,” Nick explained.

Taking to his Facebook page, Chris shared the endearing moment between his parents which has since gone viral.

Sources: Facebook, Independent, DailyMail

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