WATCH: Doting couple's emotional Mansfield care home reunion video goes viral
A video of an elderly couple’s surprise emotional reunion at a Mansfield care home has gone viral on social media with more than five million views.
Doting pair Mary and Gordon Davis, both 89, have been married for 68 years but were sadly parted when Gordon – who has dementia – moved into a care home in September last year.
Coronavirus restrictions meant the couple from Mansfield were then unable to see each other and Mary, who was shielding, eventually moved into Baily House care home on Botany Avenue for some respite care herself.
Behind the scenes staff worked tirelessly to reunite the pair and eventually secured a room for Gordon to move into the home – and captured the couple’s tearful reunion on video, which quickly amassed millions of views.
Delighted Mary said: “When Gordon first had to go into a home I cried so much. I then needed some respite care myself and he was able to join me.
"Seeing him again was wonderful and now we can always be together in our new home."
The video captured the very moment Mary saw her husband for the first time in seven months and went viral after it was shared on Baily House’s Facebook page.
After her initial shock, a confused Mary thought Gordon was simply paying her a visit until staff told her he was staying,
Mary cast aside her walking frame to reach her husband in a tearful embrace, which has captured the hearts of millions.
The couple are now isolating in Gordon’s new room.
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