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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Family spoke to father over phone for 30 hours until he died of coronavirus

Abby Adair Reinhard spoke to CNN about the phone call with her father that lasted more than 30 hours until he died of coronavirus.
Abby Adair Reinhard spoke to CNN about the phone call with her father that lasted more than 30 hours until he died of coronavirus.(CNN)

Four siblings were able to be part of their father’s final moments as he died from coronavirus by speaking to him in a phone call that lasted more than 30 hours.
Abby Adair Reinhard was not able to physically be with her dad, Don Adair, in the hospital as he battled COVID-19, but his nurse placed a phone up to his ear so his daughter could speak to him, CNN reported.
Adair Reinhard merged the call with her three siblings, and they remained on the phone until their father died.
She called it a “huge blessing” — and said it gave her closure.
“I was able to say what I needed to say, knowing it was the end, and even though I couldn’t see him and I couldn’t hold his hand, having that connection over the phone was incredibly valuable," Adair Reinhard told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Adair was 76.
The four siblings were spread across the globe, calling in from Upstate New York, Texas, North Carolina and Denmark.
Adair Reinhard said her father couldn’t really speak during the call, but she and her siblings were able to hear him breathe, and would tell them they love him whenever he’d doze off.
“And so we just had time together,” Adair Reinhard told CNN.

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