Lovebirds, 96 and 92, Reunited After Being Separated in Hospital: 'I Just Can't Be Away from Her'

Tom and Arnisteen Clark, Married 68 Years, Reunited After Hospital Separation
Arnisteen and Tom Clark
Courtesy Debbie Britt

08/07/2015 AT 03:35 PM EDT

Tom and Arnisteen Clark, 96 and 92, have been married for 68 years, and just can't stand to be away from each other. Now their love is inspiring thousands across the Internet.

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.

Fayetteville residents Tom and Arnisteen Clark have been married for 68 years. The only time they have been apart during...

Posted by Piedmont Fayette Hospital on Thursday, August 6, 2015


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.
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