A Texas man can’t be with his wife during her chemotherapy treatment due to COVID-19 restrictions, but he’s finding another way to be there for her.
Kelly Conner, 40, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January, just a couple months before the novel coronavirus made it to the United States, causing lockdowns and many restrictions.
Ever since, she’s been undergoing chemotherapy treatments at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Sugar Land, Texas.
At first, her husband Albert was by her side for every test and appointment, Good Morning America (GMA) reports, but that all changed when, due to COVID-19 safety measures, he was no longer allowed into the hospital.
Albert got creative and, instead of staying home, he sat outside of her hospital window with a sign that reads: “I can’t be with you but I’m here.”
“No visitors allowed for chemo due to the virus but that didn’t stop Albert Conner,” Kelly wrote on Facebook.
“Thank you for all your continued love and support.”
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When his wife was first diagnosed, Albert, 44, promised her he’d be by her side throughout her treatments.
He is a man of his word.
“I felt like I would be breaking my word,” he told GMA. “I just got a poster board, and our kids and I coloured it.”
Just before the photos were taken, Kelly had no idea her husband was waiting for her outside, since she drove herself to the hospital.
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