Unlike any other married couple Margaret and Don Livengood lived for 59 blissful years of their married life together. The bittersweet roller coaster of their life came to a halt at Carolinas Healthcare System Northeast in Concord, North Carolina. Margaret, 80, was suffering from cancer and Don, 84, had pulmonary fibrosis and bilateral pneumonia which made it difficult to breath for him.
On their last day, when they were admitted in hospital, one floor apart from each other; their daughter Beaver ran from one floor to the other to plead and request the hospital administration to allot them the same room.
They Had Never Been Apart
They had never been apart on such crucial moments before and it broke Beaver’s heart to see them like this in such circumstances. The nurses and doctors also knew about the couple really well.
“They were always holding hands, and there was something very special and unique about the way this couple was” said one of them. Dr. Randy Schisler was treating both of them and said that all the hospital staff joined together to bring the couple in the same room. He was very proud that they were able to bring some flexibility in the hospital rules to accommodate something so rare and yet so special.
Dr. Randy Schisler was treating both of them and said that all the hospital staff joined together to bring the couple in the same room. He was very proud that they were able to bring some flexibility in the hospital rules to accommodate something so rare and yet so special.
After four days of struggle, Margaret’s bed was placed near her husband’s bed in a position such that they could see each other, talk, and of course hold hands.
Beaver was relieved to see her ever-loving parents together again and she felt that everything is perfectly in place now. The concern of them being together was bigger than any other concern that would have been present in normal circumstances.
There’s Something Special About Their Love
Dr Schisler said that he had never seen anything like this before. It was a beautiful site to see them together on their last day after spending 59 years with each other.
Margret was beside Don, looking and smiling when she could barely talk and he was holding her hands in his like they did on their wedding day.
Their love was pure. It is something that most of the couples fail to attain in their lives but this elderly couple showed the world that true feelings still exist. During all these years their raw love had transformed into a diamond and they protected it like a pearl in the shell.
Beaver said that despite everything she was comfortable that both of her parents were where they were meant to be. It was exactly what they could wish for at such a horrific stage of their life. They both knew that they were taking their last breaths and wanted to spend these moments together.
It seemed like a fairytale coming to life with all its charm and beauty.
Margret died at 5 am on 15 august and Don died shortly after 5pm on the same day. He remained alert until his death telling his daughter that he was very grateful for being able to end the journey of life with his wife Margret.
According to Beaver the sweetest thing she heard him say at the end was that: “When we get to heaven, we can walk in together, just like we’re getting married again. Another honeymoon.”