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Husband Finds Touching Way to Show Love to His Wife Battling COVID in the ICU

Bettina Dizon
Sep 12, 2021
11:30 P.M.
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When Gary Crane’s wife, Donna, was isolated in the ICU for ten days, he went the extra mile to show how much he loved and supported her.


It has been nearly two years since COVID-19 spread throughout the world, yet many are still being infected and taken by the terrifying virus.

Among them is a Port Orange resident, Donna Crane, who suffered from severe symptoms that needed immediate hospital treatment.

Donna Crane and her husband Gary share their experience with COVID-19. | Source: youtube.com/wesh


According to Donna, battling COVID-19 is the scariest experience anyone could have, as she recalled struggling to breathe in bed.

For ten days, Donna had to stay in the intensive care unit for acute respiratory failure. While already in pain, she did not have anyone by her side, including her husband, Gary Crane. She shared:

“I couldn’t see him, and that was the hardest part is not being able to have somebody there [sic].”

Donna Crane shares her experience with COVID-19. | Source: youtube.com/wesh


Although she praised the hospital staff, experiencing COVID-19 at the hospital was terrifying. Every evening, Donna would hear different codes being yelled, wondering what would happen next.

Recently, a husband and wife married for 20 years passed away just hours apart due to COVID-19.

While she couldn’t see her husband, that did not stop him from making her feel his presence. Every day, Gary would show up at the hospital parking lot before going to work at Marion County Fire.

Donna Crane and her husband Gary share their experience with COVID-19. | Source: youtube.com/wesh


He would hold up massive block letters that said “I love you,” hoping to give his wife strength and courage to fight.

The nurses would help Donna sit up to look outside the window and see her husband every day at eight in the morning. Gary shared:

“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.”


Fortunately, Donna was discharged from the hospital but is still recovering in their home. The road to complete recovery may take a while, but she is grateful for the second chance at life.

Day by day, Donna is taking the necessary steps to become better as she and her husband look forward to becoming first-time grandparents.

“I 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.”

Donna is among the lucky ones who survived COVID-19, but unfortunately, many did not make it. Recently, a husband and wife passed away hours apart due to the virus.

Both were not vaccinated and had teenage children. Although it was a tragedy, the couple’s relatives hope that their story encourages others to take the necessary protection against the virus.

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