Albert Conner, a caring husband and father-of-three, has been with his wife during all her appointments with the doctors.
His wife Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.
Good Morning America reported that because of strict precautionary measures being taken by hospitals to help avoid the spread of coronavirus, Albert was not allowed to be by the side of his wife during her chemotherapy session at MD Anderson, Sugar Land on March 30.
The hospital informed the couple that they had restricted the entry of attendants and visitors temporarily.
Speaking about this to Good Morning America, Albert said: “I didn’t feel right not being a part of it because I had promised her that I would be there every step of the way and I felt like I would be breaking my word.”
Kelly decided to drive to the hospital on her own and told her family that she’ll be alright but Albert, being a caring and loving husband, couldn’t just sit home and wait.
He started working with his children to make colorful posters with a message to encourage Kelly. He then drove all the way to the hospital and sent Kelly a text telling her that he was there for her outside the hospital.
Speaking about the pleasant surprise her husband gave her, Kelly told GMA: “As soon as he texted me, I just kind of lifted up in my chair a little bit to peer out the window and he was just right there.”
When Kelly looked out of the window, she found her husband sitting beside his van displaying a poster that said: “I can’t be with you but I’m here.”
There was also a drawing of a heart on the poster and the words “thank you” written for the hospital staff.
“It immediately brought tears to my eyes and I felt a love for him right then in that moment, that he would do that for me,” Kelly added.
“I think I kind of gasped and the nurse turned around and said, ‘What’s wrong?’ And then she saw I was looking out the window and she looked out and started to tear up too,” she continued.
Some nurses, Albert said, even came out to show their support and thank him for being so sweet.
“A few of them said I was the reason that they come to work,” Albert said. “The attention made me uncomfortable but it made me feel good and was very touching.”
Albert and Kelly didn’t quite like the restriction imposed by the hospital regarding the visitors at first but then they realized it was for their own good.
“When you just reflect on everything and think about all the nurses and doctors and other patients, it makes perfect sense,” Albert told GMA.
“You really can’t argue it. You just have to support it any way you can.”
Kelly’s chemo will be going on till May and the family hopes the coronavirus situation will be improved by then so that the family can be together for her last chemo session.