Albert Conner brought the nation to tears after his touching gesture to his cancer-stricken wife, Kelly, went viral.
Last week on Facebook, Kelly — who was diagnosed with breast cancer in January — shared photos from her chemotherapy session at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Sugar Land, Texas, where Albert was seen outside the window with a sign that read, “I can’t be with you but I’m here. [Love] you.”
Albert also expressed his gratitude to the hardworking health care workers by adding, “Thank you to all staff!!!”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, medical facilities have temporarily barred visitors to prevent spread of COVID-19.
Despite this, Albert — who told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that he has been to every doctor’s appointment, test, and chemotherapy appointment since Kelly’s diagnosis — still wanted to be by his wife’s side.
“I didn’t feel right not being a part of it, because I had promised her that I would be there every step of the way and I felt like I would be breaking my word,” Albert told the morning show’s website. “I just got a poster board and our kids and I colored it.”
He added that he made a poster board-size sign because he wanted to make sure Kelly could see it from the parking lot. Fortunately, that day, Albert just so happened to be parked within view of the room where she was assigned.
Kelly — who thought Albert was at their home in Missouri City, Texas — then received a text from her husband saying he was outside.
“As soon as he texted me, I just kind of lifted up in my chair a little bit to peer out the window and he was just right there,” Kelly recalled. “It immediately brought tears to my eyes and I felt a love for him right then in that moment, that he would do that for me.”
“I think I kind of gasped and the nurse turned around and said, ‘What’s wrong?’ And then she saw I was looking out the window and she looked out and started to tear up, too,” she added.
Albert was not only adored by his wife but he also won the hearts of the nurses at the facility.
“A few of them said I was the reason that they come to work,” he said. “The attention made me uncomfortable, but it made me feel good and was very touching.”
Kelly is expected to continue chemotherapy through the end of May, after which she will undergo surgery and radiation. She will soon take a new drug that is reportedly more aggressive and will make each chemotherapy session longer.
Albert voluntarily closed his locksmith business to be with his family at home, where Kelly is currently working.
Though the two were initially upset by the hospital’s no-visitors rule, they now understand the importance of limiting human interaction amid the world’s health crisis.
“When you just reflect on everything and think about all the nurses and doctors and other patients, it makes perfect sense,” Albert remarked. “You really can’t argue it. You just have to support it any way you can.”
“This [coronavirus pandemic] is inspiring people to come up with creative ways to continue to show their love and support for family,” Kelly added.
Sending love and prayers to the Conner family during this challenging time.