After being placed in separate rooms at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, Georgia, due to hospital policy, nurses went out of their way to make sure Tom was able to visit his wife.
A photo of the lovers, taken on Wednesday and posted on Piedmont Fayette Hospital's Facebook page yesterday, has garnered over 6,000 likes and 1,000 shares.
The couple had only spent time apart once before, when Tom was in the Army and stationed in Korea. That means their hospital stay in different rooms was especially difficult.
The heartwarming picture shows the two lying side-by-side in their hospital beds holding hands. Tom is sporting a wide grin.
When he was reunited with his wife, he was overcome with emotion as he talked about the deep, true love he has for Arnisteen, according to the hospital.
"I just can't be away from her, she's the finest woman in the world," Tom told nurses.