Couple nearing 71 years of marriage reunited while battling illnesses at same hospital

- A Virginia couple unknowingly admitted to the same hospital for separate illnesses shared a moment together as they neared their 71st wedding anniversary. John Mullins, 92, and his wife Bernice, 90, had the help of nurses at Johnston-Willis Hospital to make the meeting possible, Fox 25 reported.

“I asked the nurse if it was possible,” Cheyenne Marion, John’s caregiver, told the news station. “I was told he was hooked up to too many machines and it was not possible to take him out of his hospital room.”

John has been hospitalized since November as he battles prostate and lung cancer. Bernice was admitted in early December after losing her leg to diabetes. The couple formulated a plan B and asked if Bernice could instead be moved to a room closer to John, and the nurses said yes.

“They were together about an hour or two holding hands and sleeping,” Marion told Fox 25. “I was crying, and all other nurses were crying. It was like a real-life ‘The Notebook.’”


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