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Woman with coronavirus forced to say goodbye to dying husband via FaceTime

By June 20, 2020 No Comments
A woman diagnosed with coronavirus has said goodbye to her dying husband via FaceTime after being banned from seeing him in hospital.
In a further blow, Marini Smith and her daughter, from Michigan in the US, were unable to attend Rayshone Smith’s funeral because of strict social distancing rules.
“I didn’t want him to leave here alone,” she told CNN.
Woman with coronavirus says goodbye to dying husband on FaceTime
Marini Smith was forced to say goodbye to her husband, Rayshone Smith, via Facetime after they were both diagnosed with coronavirus.(CNN)
“I just feel like he was there for everybody and I feel like he was alone – no one was able to be there for him.”
In the past three weeks Ms Smith, her father and brother have all tested positive to the virus.
“People in the family started displaying flu-like symptoms,” she said. “No idea was corona nothing like that just, hey, I don’t feel so good.
“My husband, his symptom was a high fever.”
When Ms Smith and her husband went to hospital on March 16, it would be the last time they saw each other, in person.
“They was like you can’t be here, you can’t be here and they sent my daughter and I out,” she said.
Woman with coronavirus says goodbye to dying husband on FaceTime
Marini Smith’s husband was hospitalised with coronavirus and died seven days later.(CNN)
“We were sitting in a car asleep, waiting to hear from him he said, ‘baby they’re going to admit me’.”
A concerned nurse offered her mobile phone to Ms Smith’s husband for him to say goodbye.
“The nurse felt so bad for my daughter, she used her personal phone and FaceTime, which I thought was really, really nice.
“So, she let us speak with him. And I just told him, you know, I asked was he scared he said ‘yeah’.
“My husband, everybody [who knows] my husband – he’s not afraid of anything, but he was very, very scared.”
Just seven days later, Rayshone was dead.
“He went in the hospital on a Monday and he passed away on a Monday,” she said.
Ms Smith and her daughter had to watch his funeral via mobile phone.
“I had to make an executive decision to keep me and my daughter at home – we didn’t want to go to another funeral.
“I’m doing everything I can to safeguard myself and my family.
“When this is all over, we’re going to go someone and scream and cry and hold each other and we’re going to visit her dad.”
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