Most Heartbreaking Goodbye: Man Climbed Hospital Wall Every Day to See His Mother Before She Died of Covid-19

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Most Heartbreaking Goodbye: Man Climbed Hospital Wall Every Day to See His Mother Before She Died of Covid-19

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

The coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed over a half a million lives since it was first confirmed earlier this year, has given the world some truly distressing headlines.

Over the last few days, the story of a Palestinian man, who scaled the walls of a hospital in the West Bank to see his mother one last time, has once again brought social media users to tears. In a viral image, the man, identified as Jihad al-Suwaiti is seen seated at the window of the intensive care unit of a hospital, where his mother was being treated for the novel coronavirus.

According to a local report, the 30-year-old had scaled the walls of the hospital several nights in a row to be by his mother’s side during her treatment. The mother, 73-year-old Rasmi Suwaiti, who was also battling leukemia, passed away shortly after catching a glimpse of her son one last time, the report said.

The now-viral image of the Palestinian man seated at the window was first shared by an activist and representative of the United Nations, Mohammad Safa, in a tweet that was shared over 60,000 times and counting.

The story is truly heartbreaking and many were unable to stop the tears from flowing.

A few also noted that the mandatory separation period — taken as a precautionary measure in Covid-19 cases — was the hardest part of this pandemic.

With the coronavirus showing no signs of slowing down, now close to six months since it first left parts of the world under strict lockdown, images like the one of the Palestinian man act as a constant reminder of how deadly the disease actually is. And also, why everyone keeps saying 2020 is the worst year ever.

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