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Watch The Moment A Devoted Wife Surprises Dementia-Sufferer Husband In Care Home After A Month Apart

Watch The Moment A Devoted Wife Surprises Dementia-Sufferer Husband In Care Home After A Month Apart

Moving video footage shows the moment when a devoted wife surprised her dementia-sufferer husband by moving into his care home after a month apart - because she "can't live without him".

Pensioner Kenneth Meredith, 96, broke down in tears when he saw his wife Betty Meredith, 91, sitting in the home, surrounded by balloons and roses.

We're not crying, you're crying. Watch the whole thing here:

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Walking through the door with his zimmer-frame, Kenneth becomes emotional when he sees his wife of 71 years sitting at a table decorated with blooms.

To a soundtrack of The Platters' 1954 hit Only You, the couple share a long hug after spending five weeks apart.

The couple were heartbroken when Kenneth was moved into Bourn View Care Home, Birmingham due to his worsening battle with Alzheimer's.

Strict rules meant Kenneth couldn't see Betty, who he's been with for 76 years.

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With no sign the pandemic was lifting, lonely Betty asked if she could be moved into the care home and reunite with her husband.

An emotional Kenneth rushed over to his wife Betty (Credit: SWNS)
An emotional Kenneth rushed over to his wife Betty (Credit: SWNS)

Unbeknown to Kenneth, Betty had moved into the floor below as she waited for her Covid-19 test results - but continued to phone him for their daily chats.

Once her results came back negative, Betty and staff helped arrange the surprise for Kenneth on November 10.

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Care worker Rosie Boshell, 24, said: "They couldn't cope without each other any longer.

"Kenneth was emotional everyday and missed her so much. He would cry daily to us.

The pair enjoyed a long hug (Credit: SWNS)
The pair enjoyed a long hug (Credit: SWNS)

"Betty moved in and had to isolate and Ken had no idea Betty was downstairs on another unit! She would ring Ken everyday and he never had a clue.

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"The day came when Betty's Covid test came back negative so me and another worker Kylie decorated the bistro and sat Betty down.

"A senior carer brought Ken down and he was in bits. He ran towards her. He was over the moon."

The couple's great granddaughter Charlotte shared the heart-warming video on social media yesterday.

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Care home workers said "there was not a dry eye in the house" (Credit: SWNS)
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She tweeted: "My grandad went into a care home five weeks ago and my nan couldn't live without him so she decided to move in and the care home did this for them my actual heart."

Care worker Rosie added: "We're all so glad we were able to do this for Kenneth and Betty.

"There was not one dry eye as the staff cheered and celebrated the wonderful couple's reunion.

Talk about couple goals! (Credit: SWNS)
Talk about couple goals! (Credit: SWNS)

"They've been married 71 years, together for 76 and have never had an argument. Talk about couple goals!"

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Life News, Couple, Life, Coronavirus

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