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American woman Maura Lewinger describes saying goodbye to husband Joe who died of COVID-19 by playing wedding song on FaceTime

American woman Maura Lewinger describes saying goodbye to husband Joe who died of COVID-19 by playing wedding song on FaceTime

As the COVID-19 death toll rises across the world, families are coming to terms with the fact that they may not be there to hold their loved ones’ hands as they pass away.

An American woman found a way to be there for her husband as he died from the horror virus, playing him their wedding song over FaceTime in his final moments while she was in isolation at home.

Joe, 42, an assistant school principal died last week from complications from the virus but his wife Maura Lewinger wasn’t going to stop the distance from finding a special way to say goodbye.

Mrs Lewinger told CNN, her husband would write love letters to her each day during their marriage, just to tell her what she meant to him.

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“He always had a listening ear, no matter what you were talking about, Joe was always listening. He always felt like you are the most important person in the room,” she said.

“Right now, not seeing anybody, it sometimes just feels like he’s at work.

Maura Lewinger and Joe with their children.

Mr Lewinger had no pre-existing conditions before he became infected and started out with mild symptoms before developing a fever on March 17.

Then he started having trouble breathing.

In the days before Joe’s death, Lewinger said the two “pretty much spent 24/7 on FaceTime, trying to mediate and calm him, trying not to let him feel alone,” Ms Lewinger said of her husband’s final days.

“I played our wedding song for him. And then that was it,” she said.

“I thanked him for being the most amazing husband, for making me feel cherished and loved every single day.”

The United States is now the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 312,000 cases and almost 8500 deaths.