Husband uses bucket truck to see wife at US nursing home after being separated by coronavirus

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A devoted husband used a bucket truck to pay his wife of 61 years a visit after the couple were separated for more than a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nick Avtges, 88, used to spend hours with his 85-year-old wife Marion every day at the Maristhill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she lives. But in March, amid the Covid-19 crisis, the centre made the decision to bar all visitors in a bid to keep residents safe from the outbreak.

And after weeks of separation, Avtges' son decided to hatch a plan to reunite his parents while abiding by the care home's restrictions.

Along with longtime friend, Peter Tzannos, he acquired a local bucket truck from Ryan Donnellan Tree Service usually used to trim trees. The pair then helped put Avtges in the bucket and raised him up three stories to see Marion so he could show her a handwritten note he wrote that simply said: "I love you, sweetheart." "That was the first time he saw her face-to-face in weeks," Chris, Avtges' son, told the Boston Globe. "It was just amazing."

Avtges meanwhile told the newspaper he would have gone "10 stories high" to see his wife if needed. "As long as I got to see her - I was just anxious to see her," he said.

The heartwarming story came as Covid-19 continues to surge through the US. More than 600,000 people have been infected nationwide, and some 26,000 have died.

Coronavirus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The virus poses a particular danger to the elderly or people with underlying health conditions.

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