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Loving Son Climbs Hospital Wall To Sit With Mom Until She Dies Of COVID-19

Amy Pilkington 26 Jul 2020

With the global pandemic of COVID-19 and its causal virus SARS-CoV-2 still going strong, we're all very focused on our own families and the effects of the crisis on our immediate locale.

But it's important to remember that this is a global crisis and that even if things might be improving where you are, many places are still in the worst of it.

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Families around the world are dealing with loved ones who are seriously ill or dying from COVID-19.

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One of the most common health and safety measures against the spread is to keep anyone who is not sick or an essential worker out of the hospital.

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While it's easy to appreciate why this is done, it's still difficult for families to deal with.

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After all, this means that those who die of the disease also die alone or with only a nurse for company.

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It's through sharing stories of loss and love that we can really understand the true cost of the crisis.

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Millions of cases is a statistic, but with numbers that large, it's hard to really imagine the human cost.

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Every one of those cases is an individual person.

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They may be lucky and asymptomatic, or they may be fighting for their life without their family at their side.

However, 73-year-old Palestinian Rasmi Suwaiti's son wasn't going to let her be alone.

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Even though he couldn't be in the room, her son, Jihad Al-Suwaiti, climbed the hospital wall to sit by her window.

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There he sat for most of the five days his mother was in critical care before she passed away from the disease.

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It's not certain where she caught the virus, since she had been careful to avoid public places and risky situations.

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Rasmi Suwaiti was already fighting leukemia, so her immune system wasn't strong enough to battle a second enemy.

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Jihad's story was shared on Twitter by Mohamad Safa, a representative for the United Nations and human rights advocate.

His tweet, which also included a beautiful illustration, took the story viral. Jihad told the local media that he wished he had taken the virus more seriously before his mother had become ill.

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He has since written a letter to his country's government.

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In so doing, he is using his mother's story to push for more medical supplies to be provided and for a stronger awareness campaign to impress upon people the importance of health and safety measures.

h/t: Arabic Post

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