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TooPatient

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I heard this on the news this morning. So very sad but touching too.

Here is a copy/paste of the article that was linked:



DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa couple married for 72 years died holding hands in a Des Moines hospital within 70 minutes of each other last week after a car accident that also injured another couple.

"They're very old-fashioned. They believed in marriage 'til death do you part," Dennis Yeager, the son of Gordon and Norma Yeager, told KCCI.com.

The accident that claimed Gordon, 94, and Norma Yeager, 90, happened Oct. 12, when the couple left their State Center home for a drive shortly after 8 a.m. At the intersection of Highway 30 and Jessup Avenue, just west of Marshalltown, Gordon pulled "away from the stop sign and failed to yield to a westbound vehicle," according to Sgt. Joel Ehler of the Iowa State Patrol.

The driver of the other car, Charles Clapsaddle, 64, of Marshalltown, was unable to stop to avoid a collision, Ehler said.

Clapsaddle was treated and released from Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, but his wife, Barbara, was reportedly transferred to Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A man who identified himself as their son, John, said in a comment published on a story on the Times-Republican website that his mother suffered internal bleeding and a broken neck.

“She is currently stable but remains in the critical care unit,” he wrote. “There will be a long road ahead for her recovery.

Ehler said Yeager was facing pending action by the Iowa Department of Transportation to have his license removed, but citing privacy concerns, said he could release no additional details on what prompted that action.

The Yeagers' children told KCCI.com that their parents never liked being apart ever since Norma Stock married Gordon Yeager on May 26, 1939, in State Center. And they were relieved that the couple was able to spend their last moments together at the intensive care unit of the Marshalltown hospital.

"They brought them in the same room in intensive care and put them together — and they were holding hands in ICU. They were not really responsive," Dennis Yeager told KCCI.com.

Gordon died at 3:38 p.m. surrounded by their family and holding hands with Norma.

"It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn't figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going," said Dennis Yeager. "But we were like, he isn't breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that's because they were holding hands and it's going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up."


Norma died at 4:48 p.m., according to KCCI.com.

"Neither one of them would've wanted to be without each other. I couldn't figure out how it was going to work," the Yeagers' daughter Donna Sheets told KCCI.com. "We were very blessed, honestly, that they went this way."

The Yeager’s children said the couple complemented each other.

"Anybody come over — she was the hostess with the mostess. ... The more she did, the more she smiled," Dennis Yeager told KCCI.com. "Dad would be the center of attention, like, 'Wheee look at me,' and mom was like 'get him away from me!' You know we even got a picture like that."

And even though they argued every now and them, "They just loved being together," he said.

"He said 'I have to stick around. I can't go until she does because I have to stay here for her and she would say the same thing,'" he said.

The couple reportedly were holding hands Tuesday at their funeral in their casket. Their family said the plan was to cremate them together and mix their ashes.
 

Lottie

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It is both sad and touching that they went together like that but did I read that right - was he already under investigation to have his driving licence removed when he caused the accident?

Obviously no one intentionally causes an accident and its is terribly sad that the couple died, but my biggest sympathies go to the family of other car and the woman who is lying in hospital with a broken neck and internal bleeding.
 

luv2sparkle

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I read this on MSN this morning. The comments people wrote were so nasty I had to stop reading them. it was probably not the right time to post such a story when another person was seriously injured by a man who should probably have had his licensea revoked some time ago.
 

AGBF

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luv2sparkle|1319174744|3044675 said:
I read this on MSN this morning. The comments people wrote were so nasty I had to stop reading them. it was probably not the right time to post such a story when another person was seriously injured by a man who should probably have had his licensea revoked some time ago.
In my opinion, there is no "right time" to post a story that will not incur the nasty comments of people of ill will. That is why I like the greeting, "peace on earth to men of good will". That is why I like the adage, "do not speak ill of the dead", which Leonid posted here in Latin once for our edification during a Pricescope tiff over whether someone "deserved" to die.

De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum



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maplefemme

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"It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn't figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going," said Dennis Yeager. "But we were like, he isn't breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that's because they were holding hands and it's going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up."

It's called respiratory arrest, his heart IS still beating, it has nothing to do with his wife's heart beat "passing through" him, that's not even possible, that's incompetent nursing. It makes the family feel better, but it's not true...
I hope Barbara makes a full recovery, my prayers go out to her and her family.
 
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