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Hospital reunites couple with COVID in final days

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (WGN) – COVID-19 continues to take its toll, but for one family in Illinois, they’ve been able to find some peace amid the pandemic.

David Zorn, 89, and Sondra Zorn, 83, of Lombard, contracted COVID-19 around the same time. Thanks to doctors, nurses and patient relations specialist Johnny Gillespie at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, the couple were able to spend their final days in the same room despite hospital restrictions due to the pandemic.

“It was a situation, we had to make an exemption for it, because the stories that [their daughter] Deanna said, with the seriousness of the situation,” Gillespie said.

“Exceptions have to be made, especially at times like this,” nurse advocate Erin Stafford said.

Stafford moved the couple’s hospital beds closer together.

“We don’t know exactly what happens when a person is nearing the end of their life, what they may be hearing or being aware of,” Stafford said, “but I think they were both very aware that they were together and they could feel each other holding hands.

Shortly after being united in the hospital, Sondra Zorn died. Her husband died a few days later.

The Zorns left behind 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

They were foster parents and raised five children, grateful to their parents for being able to spend their last moments together. The hospital also allowed the Zorns’ children to visit them during their final days.

“I thank them so much for being able to spend this last time with my parents and just being able to enjoy saying goodbye to them,” said their daughter Deanna Wilkins.

Hospital reunites couple with COVID in final days

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