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A Couple Who Had Only Been Separated Once In 68 Years Were Reunited In A Hospital

“I just can’t be away from her — she’s the finest woman in the world.”

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This is 96-year-old Tom Clark and his wife, 92-year-old Arnisteen, of Fayette County, Georgia. The couple have been married for 68 years, and have only been apart once, when Tom was in the Army and stationed in Korea.

Recently, the two were both admitted to Piedmont Fayette Hospital on the orthopedic surgery floor, and had to stay in separate rooms.

Hospital representative Charlsie Niemiec told ABC News the separation took its toll on the couple.

"Because they were on the orthopedic surgical floor, none of those rooms have double occupancy so they couldn't be together, and it was clearly breaking their hearts," Niemiec said.

After seeing this, manager Tina Mann and other staff went out of their way to get the couple together in the same room for a few hours so they wouldn't be apart.

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They then snapped this photo of the two lovebirds and shared it on their Facebook page, where it's gotten thousands of shares.

Thanks to Mann, Tom Clark now has visitation rights so he can sit with his wife for a few hours every day.

People saw the couple holding hands, and were moved by the gesture.

However, the person who was moved the most was probably Tom Clark, who reportedly wept and said, “I just can’t be away from her — she’s the finest woman in the world.”

Photo of elderly couple holding hands at @PiedmontHealth hospital goes viral: via @USATODAY

The couple have since been discharged, and are in a rehab facility.

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