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Heartbreaking image as couple married 62 years are split up in separate care homes

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The heartbreaking image of Wolfram and Anita (Image via Ashley Bartyik)
The heartbreaking image of Wolfram and Anita (Image via Ashley Bartyik)

A moving picture of an elderly couple in tears as they meet after being forced to split up to attend different care facilities is going viral.

The picture, taken by Ashley Bartyik, shows Wolfram Gottschalk and his wife Anita meeting and bursting into tears.

The couple, who are Canadian, have been married for 62 years but the heathcare system has placed Anita in a nursing home 30 minutes from the hospital where Wolfram has been placed.

Every second day, a family member drives one to meet the other

Bartyik put the powerful image on her Facebook page in the hope of forcing the powers that be to allow them to be in the same facility. 

So far it has been shared thousands of times and it looks like there is going to be a happy resolution.

The group responsible for the area, Frasure Health, have promised to resolve the matter.

“This is a heartbreaking situation for the family, and it’s quite upsetting for us as well,” a spokeswoman for Frasure is quoted as saying in GeorgiaWorld.com, “We are committed to reuniting the couple and we hope to do so within the next few weeks.”