81-Year-Old Man Plays Accordion To Wife Outside Her Hospital Room In Italy
Touching footage shows an 81-year-old man serenading his wife outside her hospital window, after coronavirus restrictions meant he wasn't able to see her.
In the clip, which has gone viral on Facebook, Stefano Bozzini can be seen playing his accordion on the street outside a hospital in Castel San Giovanni, a town in northern Italy.
He sits on a stool in the empty street, while his wife of 47 years, Carla Sacchi, watches from her second-floor window.
The hospital where Carla was does not treat coronavirus patients, but restrictions brought in to stop the spread of the disease meant Stefano was unable to come and visit her inside - not that this stopped him pulling out the ultimate romantic gesture.
During the heartwarming exchange from afar, Stefano treated Carla to renditions of several love songs, including Engelbert Humperdinck's 'Spanish Eyes', and others that he knew were her favourites.
According to Italian news agency ANSA, Stefano and Carla have been married since 1973.
Stefano, a retired member of the Italian army's Alpini mountain infantry, learned to play the accordion on his own - and even earned himself the nickname of 'Giani Morandi [an Italian entertainer] of the Alpines' in his unit, because he was always playing.
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He told ANSA that he could have easily carried on serenading Carla, saying: "It was sunny, I would have played again, all day."
Video footage and photos from the intimate performance were shared on Facebook by Valerio Marangon, who is believed to be Carla's son.
In his post, Marangon referred to the moment as a 'beautiful gesture'.
He wrote: "My mother is admitted to the hospital in Castel San Giovanni and as you know, it's not possible to enter even for a visit (even the closest relatives) but asking some nurses (very kind people) if it was possible to spend 5-10 minutes in an outer courtyard of the hospital to play 2-3 songs to my mum, who looked out the window to make her happy for 5 minutes."
The post has since racked up more than 1,000 reactions and hundreds of shares, with many commenting to say how 'wonderful' they've found the story.
"This is real love," one person commented.
Another person said: "It takes so little to make someone happy..."
A third added: "Love is a wonderful thing."
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Valerio Marangon
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