Man holds up "I love you" sign outside hospital every day to support wife battling Covid in ICU

Man holds up "I love you" sign outside hospital every day to support wife battling Covid in ICU

Gary Crane revealed that he began doing this every morning before heading to work for wife Donna.

Covid-19 has landed a devastating blow on humanity and ruined many lives and homes. The most heart-wrenching part is that people weren't able to meet their loved ones even as they breathed their last. The same thing happened with Gary Crane, who could not meet his wife Donna as she was admitted to the ICU of a Florida hospital for 10 days. Even though he could not be there for her physically, Gary wanted her to know that he was right beside her and for that he had to get creative. According to NBC affiliate WESH the sweet husband held up an "I love you" sign from the hospital's parking lot hoping that his wife would see it. 

Speaking to the outlet about his thoughtful gesture, Gary revealed that he began performing the sweet gesture every morning before heading to work. All he wanted was to ease Donna's fears from afar as he wasn't allowed inside the hospital. "I could see the fear in her face and I said all right put your shoes on we're going," he said. "I just wanted her to know that because I know she was going to be scared and I couldn't be there with her, and I just wanted her to know that I'm there," he explained. Just as Gary predicted, Donna was extremely scared as she had no one by her side. "I couldn't see him and that was the hardest part is not being able to have somebody there," she revealed.


Although the ICU staff was amazing, Donna couldn't help but feel frightened at times. "You would lay there in bed at night and you would hear code after code after code being called and you just wonder, what's going to happen," she recalled. Thus, to help her feel at ease, the lieutenant with Marion County Fire showed up outside the hospital and held up the sign every day. This gesture meant quite a lot to his wife, as she shared, "The nurses would sit me up in the bed ... let me look out the window, let me see he was there at 8 a.m. and I knew, ''Ok, we're going to, we're going to do this.'"


Per the outlet, the Port Orange resident began battling the unforgiving contagion mid August. A few days after contracting Covid-19, Donna became extremely ill and had to be rushed to the hospital. There she was diagnosed with acute respiratory failure. "It is the most terrifying thing you will ever experience in your life," explained the woman of her condition. "Just laying there not being able to take a breath." Thankfully, Donna has come a long way since then and is currently out of the hospital.

But she still has a long way to cover before she can recover completely. Per the outlet, she is still required to wear oxygen tubes just so she can breathe. Donna feels blessed to get a second chance at life and is looking forward to a happy future with her growing family. "We just found out, my daughter is expecting," she said. "We're going to be grandparents, and that went through my mind. I want to hold my baby."

Cover image source: YouTube Screenshot | WESH 2 News

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