Couple Married for 68 Years Spend Their Final Days in Same Hospital Room
For most married couples, the phrases “in sickness and in health” and “until death do us part” are just nice things that are said on their wedding day. But Arthur and Betty Hughes are staying true to those words, with a little help from some dedicated nurses.
Arthur and Betty have been married for 68 years. They got married in 1946, not long after Arthur served in the Army Infantry during World War II, spending time in both Germany and France. The couple raised their family in Vermont and later moved to the Boston area.
Sadly, it appears that they are in their final days after both lived long and fruitful lives. “My mom is barely hanging on right now and my father will probably follow soon after,” explains Beth, one of the couple’s four children.
Earlier this month, Betty broke several bones after falling down. Soon after that, Arthur suffered a heart attack. At first, it was difficult for them to see one another, as they were being treated in different parts of the hospital and difficult to transport.
But a group of nurses at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts went out of their way to make arrangements so that the two could be moved into the same room, allowing them to spend their final days together.
Both Arthur and Betty have decided to stop treatment, knowing it’s only a matter of time until they pass. However, they are being made comfortable, and thanks to the nurses at Mount Auburn Hospital, they are spending their final days together, just as they’ve spent the last 68 years.
“We will never be closer than we are now,” says Arthur about the two being in the same room during their final days.
“My parents have a strong Christian faith and want nothing more than to enter the next life together,” writes Beth in a Facebook post that has garnered hundreds of comments from well wishers who are in awe of the couple’s dedication to one another.