After days of feeling weaker and weaker, Doris Crippen reached for a glass of water and fell out of bed. The next day, her son found her injured and took her straight to the hospital. There, they discovered she had broken her arm — and tested positive for COVID-19.
Doris, who is 73 years old, was admitted into an inpatient care unit in Nebraska, where she stayed for a month. Thankfully, she was able to recover from the virus. Now, she’ll always be grateful for it because it reunited her with someone she thought she would never see again!
Bev Boro, who is 53, works as a medication aide at Methodist Fremont Health. When she saw Doris’ familiar name on the patient list, she went to her room to learn more about her.
Since Doris is hard of hearing, Bev wrote her dad’s name on a board: Wendall Huffman. When Doris said he was her father, they immediately knew they were siblings!
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“I literally stood up out of the chair and burst into tears,” Doris said. “It’s just a happy feeling. It’s been 53 years since I’ve seen her when she was a baby.”
The sweet pair share a father and have different mothers. Of Wendall’s 10 children, Doris was the oldest and Bev was the youngest.
They did meet when Bev was less than 6 months old, but when she was placed in the foster care system, they were separated. Both sisters have spent years looking for each other, but they were never successful. In fact, they had basically accepted that they would never see each other again… until the pandemic.
“If it wasn’t for that, I would have never found her,” Doris said. “If it wasn’t for that, I would have never ended up in the hospital with a broken arm.”
What a serendipitous turn of events! Once everything calms down, they plan to have an incredible reunion, where we’re certain they will treasure every moment together!
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