Except for the corona virus, a North Carolina couple died a few moments later when they held hands with each other.
Johnny Lee Peoples, 67, and his wife Kathy Darlin Peoples, 65, both died of the virus on Sept. 2 at Soulsbury Hospital after a month-long battle with an infection. People said.
When their time was up, staff at the Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center moved the couple to the same room so they could say a last goodbye to each other, their son Shane Peoples, Told WBTV.
“Everything went south, everything got worse,” he said. “The next day they were in the same room, in the same ICU room, they put their hands together and the nurses gathered around and they passed within four minutes.”
The couple have been together for 50 years and have been married for 48 years. Shane has now lost both parents at the same time. Outside of their funeral Wednesday, participants observed social distance guidance.
“It’s mainly fever and loss of taste,” he said, describing his parents’ early symptoms. “My dad started showing symptoms two days later. About two weeks later they were both placed in the ICU. ”
Earlier in the week Shane wrote a heartfelt Facebook post, “My parents were not only a blessing to me, my brother, my sister, our spouses and our children. They were a blessing to everyone who met them. My mother had the most beautiful soul of anyone you have ever met.”
He urged WBTV to take the virus seriously, and urged readers on Facebook to wash their hands, observe social distance and wear masks.
“It simply came to our notice then. This is not a scam, ”people said. “Not me [want] Someone else to hurt. Not me [want] Anyone should feel the grief we feel. “