Tom and Arnisteen Clark, 96 and 92, respectively, of Fayetteville, Ga., have only been apart one time since they were married 68 years ago. That was when Tom, an army veteran, was stationed in Korea.
The second time would be when the Clarks were admitted to the hospital in separate rooms — but not for long thanks to the staff at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Though building policy prohibits patients from sharing private rooms, Tina Mann, manager of the orthopedic floor where the two stayed, was able to get special visitation privileges.
Soon after, the staff brought Tom into Arnisteen's room for a visit. And when he saw her, he wept.
“I just can’t be away from her, she’s the finest woman in the world.”
The hospital snapped a photo of the two during their visit, happy to bring the love birds together again.
Their caption read:
Fayetteville residents Tom and Arnisteen Clark have been married for 68 years. The only time they have been apart during their marriage is when Tom, an Army veteran, was stationed in Korea. This made their stay in different rooms in the hospital very difficult for them, so Tina Mann, Manager, Orthopedics Medical-Surgical 4, with help from the clinical staff, went above and beyond to make a special arrangement for Tom, 96, to visit his wife, in her room. Overcome with joy, he wept as he described the deep love he has for Arnisteen, 92. "I just can't be away from her, she's the finest woman in the world." Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for the Clarks and many more happy years together.
In just five days the post has gotten more than 11,000 "likes" and 2,600 shares.
"Tina got some help with the clinical staff to go above and beyond to get special visitation rights," Charlsie Niemiec, Piedmont's social media specialist, told ABC News. "He was able to sit there with her for a few hours every single day."
They were scheduled to be released last Friday.
Now that's a love story.