A couple who had been married for more than 50 years died only moments apart while holding hands.
Betty and Curtis Tarpley from Fort Worth, Texas were both diagnosed with coronavirus. They got to spent their last moments at the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, thanks to a nurse named Blake.
The couple’s son, Tim Tarpley, told CBS DFW: “My parents are just normal people, but now the whole world knows their story.”
Betty, 79, was first admitted to the hospital and was immediately followed by Curtis, 80. Only moments before she passed away from Covid-19, she called her son to tell him about the heart-shattering news.
“My mom called me and said, “Hey, I just want to let you know, I’m ready to go…” I yelled and screamed, and thought maybe if I talked to her I could inspire her to have one last bit of will to live.” Tim shared.
Tim then called his dad, who was on a different floor. “He said ‘how’s your mom?’ I said ‘Not good. She may not make it past tomorrow,’ and it was like, at that moment knowing that my mom was going to go, it was okay for him to go,” Tim expressed.
Tim also said that the staff helped make his parents’ final moments peaceful. “It was some doctor or nurse named Blake… that’s all we knew about it him,” Tim said.
“He really went out of his way to get my mom moved from her room to his room. And then they just placed their hands, near each other, and next thing we know they grabbed each other’s hands. And that’s how they went.”
“There’s still so many, you know, unseen heroes that like to help facilitate their ending,” Tim said.
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