SA man plays accordion for wife in hospital with COVID [video]

A Mossel Bay recently tugged on the heartstrings of South Africans after he took his accordion, stood in the cold outside the hospital where his wife is receiving treatment in the COVID-19 wards, and played the music she loves.

This is said to be very special because of the related restrictions currently posed when visiting friends and family members in the hospital.

You are not alone

According to TimesLive, Charlotte Barnard, who works as an administrative clerk for a general surgeon at the Life Bay View private hospital, said the man approached her outside the hospital on 21 July. She later uploaded the video onto Facebook.

“He asked me if I worked here [hospital] and I told him that our offices are right next to the COVID-19 ward. “He told me his wife loved his music and asked me if we could please open a window so that she can hear his music and know that he is there for her,” Barnard said.

She said his wife was admitted to one of the COVID-19 wards in the hospital.

“It was very heartbreaking. I struggled to take the video in the cold and at the same time hold back my tears. The sounds of How Great Thy Art which echoed outside the hospital gave the patients new strength and hope,” she said.

She also said that the music really encouraged the patients.

Strength to fight harder

“I think it gave them new strength to fight harder. His wife couldn’t see it, but she definitely heard his music. His gesture really gave us hope and made us realise that we are not alone and that God is with us. It will really help if more people would come and pray and uplift the personnel.”

Barnard asked the community to help track down the man, saying “the staff and patients really loved his music and asked if he could please come back and play more”.

“We really hope to see him again.”

The video has been watched more than 30 000 times on Facebook as of 23 July.

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