Husband holds up 'I love you' poster outside hospital window every day until wife recovers from Covid

By Fiona Jackson & Rhianna Benson

A loving husband showed up at his wife's hospital every day while she had Covid to wave an 'I love U' sign outside her window.

Donna Crane, 56, was taken to the ICU at Advent Hospital after catching coronavirus and suffering with acute respiratory failure.

As she had to isolate, partner Gary Crane, 61, couldn't go inside in her room to comfort her and so came up with a creative way to show her just how much he cared.

Donna, from Port Orange, Florida said: "It made me feel loved and I knew I was going to be OK and go home.

"He said he felt helpless not being able to be with me and that he did not want me to be scared of feel isolated."

Donna tested positive for Covid on August 15 after experiencing a raised temperature and head and body aches.

Her symptoms worsened to the point where she was in full respiratory failure, and fireman Gary rushed her to the emergency room on her 56th birthday.

Before she was transferred to the hospital via ambulance, she had to say goodbye to her husband, not knowing when she would see him next.

Donna said: "It was terrible.

"We have never been apart for that long - ever.

"I was afraid of having to be on a vent and that I would die."

Donna Crane with her partner Gary Crane (© Donna Crane / SWNS)

On her first morning in the ICU, she received a phone call from Gary telling her to look outside of her window.

Sure enough, her husband was stood in the car park holding a huge sign made from construction paper, upon which he had written 'I <3 U'.

Mum-of-two Donna, after being helped up to see it by her nurses, was overcome with emotions and burst into tears.

Gary had even brought breakfast for the nurses, and showed up every day at 8am before he went to work as a lieutenant at Marion County Fire Rescue.

'I <3 U' sign (© Donna Crane / SWNS)

Even on the tenth and final day, the sign didn't lose its effect and helped motivate Donna throughout her recovery.

The catering sales manager said: "When I was discharged and came out to see him it was amazing, just to touch his hand.

"We had peach milkshakes, that is as crazy as I can get right now!"

She now keeps the sign on her bedroom wall to remind herself of how much she's loved, and wants to use Gary's kindness to remind everyone to get vaccinated.

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