A photo of a young Palestinian man perching on a hospital windowsill to see his dying mother is touching hearts amid the tragedy of the ongoing pandemic.
Thirty-year-old Jihad Al-Suwaiti, from the town of Beit Awwa in the Palestinian West Bank, was able to bid farewell to his mother before she passed away from the CCP virus by scaling the walls of Hebron State Hospital, reports the Arabic Post. He sat on the windowsill of the ICU ward in order to be seen through the glass.
Jihad’s mother, Rasmi Suwaiti, lost her fight for life on July 16 at the age of 73.
“I sat helplessly behind the outside window of the intensive care room, watching the last moment and my mom pass away,” Jihad explained. The grieving son added that his mother had been afraid of contracting the virus because she was already battling leukemia.
“She was always afraid and we warned her,” said Jihad, according to the Arabic Post. “But unfortunately, she was infected … she showed symptoms of a slight flu and the medical clinic in the village told us that she was suffering from dehydration, but the symptoms began to intensify so I transferred her to the hospital.”
Jihad’s brother works as a nurse in Hebron State Hospital but had avoided contact with their mother in an effort to keep her safe. Jihad suspected that Rasmi contracted the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, from a member of the extended family.
The devoted son kept up his daily visits to his mother’s ICU ward, but sadly, after five days of intensive care, Rasmi passed away.
Jihad recounted his mother’s final moments. “I climbed up to the window of her room, and I watched her sorely from behind the outer glass until she breathed her last,” he said. “I felt the utmost inability to do anything to save her, then she died and left me.”
“Jihad is the youngest child and is indeed close to his mother, especially after the death of our father 15 years ago,” Jihad’s older brother told the local news media, according to India.com. “When informed of our mother’s death, Jihad was angry and in denial.”
Rasmi was buried at night in her hometown of Beit Awwa.
A heartwarming photo of Jihad sitting on the hospital windowsill was shared by United Nations representative Mohamad Safa on Twitter, captioned, “The son of a Palestinian woman who was infected with COVID-19 climbed up to her hospital room to sit and see his mother every night until she passed away.”
Safa placed the touching photo beside an artist’s rendering of the sweet scene. In the animation, Jihad sits on the windowsill while his mother’s angel hovers beside him, her hand resting on his head in maternal affection.
To date, over 75,000 netizens have left comments under Safa’s post. “What a wonderful son,” wrote one netizen. “His mother must have been a great woman. Bless them both.”
“Can this become any more sad when we are only able to comfort our loved ones through a window, phone, or tablet?” asked another. “Then I am also so thankful that we can even do that. She saw her son’s face one last time; I pray she is in peace now.”
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