Marsha and Clay Franklin are perfect examples of the phrase, “like mother, like son.”
They’re both respiratory therapists — and heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. Marsha works at Parkview Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, while Clay works at Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. And they’re both fighting against COVID-19 on the front lines. While this is the longest they’ve ever been apart, one moving photo shows they’re still united.
Marsha has worked in the field for 35 years, and was thrilled when Clay decided to pursue the same career. That said, she can’t help but worry about her son.
“It’s hard having him in the front lines and I know he’s in a bigger hospital and I know he’s seeing more so its definitely weighing hard on his dad and I,” Marsha told Fort Wayne’s NBC.
For Clay, the feeling is mutual. They Facetime every day, but he found another beautiful way to show her (and the world) that they’ll always be with each other in spirit. Editing two snapshots together, Clay created a picture of the pair sharing a virtual high five.
“I don’t know when I will get to see my mom again,” Clay wrote. “As we face this issue in different states, unsure of what tomorrow brings, we can only hope that you stay cautious and home for us!”
Clay’s post touched hundreds on Facebook, but he says he’s the one inspired by all the kindness during this time of crisis.
“It’s just an amazing thing to see everybody … come together to save these patients and I think my mom set me up very good for that in life to care about others and work well with others and do my best to give back to the community,” Clay said.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in this selfless family. Thank you, Marsha and Clay, for sacrificing precious time with each other to save lives! We’re so grateful for everything you do!
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