This Heartbreaking Photo Shows An Elderly Couple Who Were Forced To Live Apart
My heart can't take it.
Anita and Wolf Gottschalk have been inseparable for 62 years. But now, due to failing health and an imperfect nursing home system, they've been forced apart.
According to their granddaughter, Ashley Bartyik, Anita has mobility issues and uses a pacemaker. Wolf has dementia and congestive heart failure, and he was diagnosed with lymphoma just this week.
They're trying to get Wolf moved into the same home as Anita, but he's been stuck on a waitlist for months with no help from health authorities.
Never knowing when it could be the last time, Bartyik has been taking photos of their meetings. She posted one of the photos on Facebook and described the struggle of Anita and Wolf living apart.
"It’s been proven that couples that are separated, it does serious damage emotionally and physically," she added.
"She wants to be able to tuck him in and say goodnight," said Bartyik. "Everyone deserves to be in the same place as their husband for their last days."
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