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This Latter-day Saint Can't Visit His Wife in the Hospital Due to COVID-19, so He Chose the Next Best Thing

by | Apr. 14, 2020

In order to spend some quality time with his wife, John Plocher has had to get creative lately.

His wife, Leisa Plocher, is undergoing chemotherapy treatments for leukemia at UC Irvine Medical Center. Currently, coronavirus prevents family and friends from visiting the hospital—but John wasn’t taking “no” for an answer.

“My heart aches because I’m not with my wife,” says John, a Latter-day Saint, during an NBC Nightly News video. “I even tried to bribe the people to let me in, but they wouldn’t.”

So John chose the next best thing, which in this case, meant standing outside Leisa’s window. Holding posters with the words “I love you,” and “I am here for you,” John surprised his wife of 30 years with the words of love and affirmation and even changed his jeans for the occasion. Leisa waved to him from her hospital room with a handheld light, and the two also connected over video chat.

Watch the video below.

Lead image: Facebook video screenshot
Danielle christensen

Danielle Christensen

Danielle is a features writer and editor for LDS Living. Previously, she served as web producer for Church News, where she managed their website and social media platforms. Danielle is a graduate of Brigham Young University in English and has been published with Deseret NewsChurch NewsBYU Magazine, and Spires Intercollegiate Arts and Literary Magazine.

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