Noah and Allie, the main characters of The Notebook, had a love so unbreakable that they died in each other’s arms. As you’re about to see, real-life couple Teresa and Issac Vatkin shared a similar type of love.
Teresa and Issac met at a party when they were living in Argentina. Two years later, they were engaged.
They went on to spend 69 years as a happily married couple. They moved to the United States in the ’60s and raised three children.
Though their health took a turn for the worse, their love remained strong. The Daily Herald reports: “When Teresa developed Alzheimer’s disease, Isaac, who was in his 80s, learned how to work a computer so he could research the condition and possible cures. He was desperate to help his wife and stubbornly fought the children when they suggested Teresa move out and get specialized care. After he finally gave in, he visited her every day, still wanting to take care of her.”
In April 2017, Teresa, 89, and Issac, 91, both ended up in the hospital with different conditions. Doctors at Highland Park Hospital in Illinois put their hospital beds side-by-side, and family members positioned Issac’s hand over Teresa’s.
Their breathing was shallow; time was running out. Suddenly, Teresa opened her eyes, looked up at her children and passed away.
Teresa’s bed was moved away. And just as their hands separated, their daughter Clara noticed something strange about her father’s chest. It instantly went flat, almost like life itself was taken from him when their hands separated for the last time.
“The moment he felt we removed her hand from his, he was able to say ‘OK, I’m done protecting her. I can go and rest as well,’” their son Daniel Vatkin told the New York Post. “The ultimate in chivalry — so he could go to heaven and open the door for her.”
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